Uzbek envoy seeks bilateral collaboration in agri research
ISLAMABAD: Uzbek Ambassador Furkat A Sidikov on Monday visited the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) to seek bilateral collaboration in agricultural research and development between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
It was a follow-up visit in connection with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Uzbekistan during November 2015.
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Acting Chairman and NARC Director General Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan gave a detailed presentation about NARC’s mandate and its research institutes and their salient activities leading to modern technologies and knowledge for the uplift of agriculture sector in Pakistan.
In the presentation session, Deputy Director Generals Dr Tariq Mehmood and Dr Tariq Hassan along with Senior Directors Dr Khalid Mahmood Qureshi, Dr Fateh Ullah Khan, Dr Khalid Farooq, Dr Pervaiz Khaliq and Muhammad Fiaz Joyia shared their views for developing bilateral collaboration in agriculture sector between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
The ambassador took keen interest in the agricultural machinery, plant genetic resources, horticulture and other inventions of NARC. He reflected his full commitment to extend the cooperation by Uzbekistan in the field of agricultural machinery, cotton, fruits, germplasm exchange, agricultural product development, water saving technologies, development of saline and waterlogged area, animal sciences/husbandry and other allied area of agriculture.
NARC DG Dr Azeem Khan offered the collaborative interventions from Pakistan on tropical fruits, cleaning the Uzbek poultry industry from avian influenza, and exchange of plant genetic resources. He appreciated the efforts of Uzbek Embassy in Pakistan for strong follow-up of prime minister’s visit to Uzbekistan.
He further added that PARC Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad has a vision and dynamic approach to translate the collaboration between two countries into reality.
Later, the ambassador visited Agricultural Biological Engineering Institute (ABEI), Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and Plant Genetic Resource Institute (PGRI) of NARC where, the directors and research team of these institutes briefed with necessary demonstration about the field research activities and vibrant outcome in the form of agriculture machinery, fruit varieties, and supply of germplasm as per needs of the farmers and relevant end-users.