• The Centre of Excellence for Olive Research and Training (CEFORT) located at Chakwal aims at strengthening R&D on olives in public sector. Major objectives of the institute are as under: 
  • To develop capabilities & capacities in Punjab for olive cultivation, management, post-      harvest, processing and value addition/product development 
  • To develop & adapt technologies for development of olive sector in Punjab through on-station and farmer participatory research
  • To act as a repository of olive genetic resources and their management 
  • To undertake socio-economic research in olive crop

Future Plan

  • Establishment of 3 state of the art research labs, namely Olive Oil Quality Lab, Value Addition / Product Development Lab and Disease Diagnostic / IPM Lab.
  • Develop and implement a demand-driven research program with provision for regular review by relevant experts (Research Experiments/Trials).
  • Establish linkages with relevant National & International R&D organizations
  • Import of promising exotic olive Germplasm (10 genotypes) accompanied with DNA fingerprint/genetic profile.
  • Organize training of trainers in olive culture (100 master trainers/Olive Service Providers/Extension agents.
  • Extend advisory services to farmers and stakeholders including ICT tools