Establishment of Centre of Excellence for Olive Research & Training (CEFORT) at BARI Chakwal

Duration 2018-19 to 2022-23
Total Cost Rs. 283.121  Million
Allocation in 2019-20 Rs. 100  Million


  • 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

Physical Activities

  • Procurement of 1 NIR and Olive lab Oil mill.
  • Completion of 2 olive multiplication blocks.
  • Residential building  completed (9 residents)
  • 8 Nos. of training of olive growers.
  • Diagnostic Field Survey.
  • Construction of CEFORT 
  • Diagnostic Field Survey (No. of surveys)
  • Adaptability Trials (No.)
  • Stakeholder Consultations (No. of workshops)
  • Research Experiments /Trials (No.)
  • Establishment of olive multiplication blocks in private sector (No. of blocks)
  • Collection and Import of Olive Germplasm (No. of genotypes)
  • Organize Training of Trainers (No. 0f trainings)
  • National Olive Festival
  • Conference/workshops/seminars
  • Olive advisory services to olive stakeholders

Expected Outcome

Demand-driven research in olive cultivation, management, post-harvest, processing and value addition/product development addresses key issues faced by olive farmers and other stakeholders, so as to provide valid basis for increasing farmers’ profitability and sustainable sector development

  • 16 trails being conducted in southern Punjab (Bhakkar, Multan, Bahawalpur, Muzaffar Garh and Layyah). (20 plant/ variety; 10 varieties; 20 research experiments at BARI)
  • Organized 01 Stakeholder Workshop, 2 trainings, 1 National festival and 1 National seminar on olive during 2021.
  • 96% civil work (Main building & 09 Residences).
  • Survey of 26 farmers completed in 3rd annual survey. 
  • Site selected (Kot Chudrian, Chakwal) for establishing 3rd multiplication. Plantation to be done in March 2022
  • Survey completed. 05 genotypes collected from Baluchistan. 
  • Advisory services being provided regularly through 03 Whats App groups and one Facebook group “Olive Valley Pakistan”.
  • Post of PD advertised and being evaluated in Agri. Department, Non-gazetted staff (06) recruited. Deputy PD may be appointed at the earliest 
  • Potential olive varieties identified for future up-scaling of olive groves in southern Punjab
  • Trained olive Service Providers developed for private sector growth  
  • Capacity of private sector strengthened to produce true to type olive nursery plants and value-added products
  • Socio-economic Research guides farmers and other stakeholders for value chain connectivity and enhanced profitability

Contact Us

Dr. Muhammad Rafique Dogar
Chief Scientist

Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal
Phone: 0543-594499