Stakeholders Consultative Workshop for Priorities Setting Opportunities, Needs and Potential (Agricultural Innovations-Phase-II) for Pakistan

On April 2, 2019, stakeholder’s consultative workshop was held for priorities setting, opportunities, needs and potential under “Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP, Phase-II) for Pakistan” at Main Library, Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), Faisalabad. This workshop was organized by USAID, CIMMYT, PARC, AARI, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Agriculture Department, Govt. of the Punjab, Pakistan. Dr. Abid Mahmood, Director General (Agri. Research) gave welcome address and highlighted the gaps and expectations to strengthen Punjab Agriculture Research. Afterwards, Dr. Imtiaz Muhammad (Country Representative CIMMYT) presented the summary of AIP-I and goals of AIP-II to achieve. Then role PARC and its vision for Punjab were addressed by chairman PARC, Dr. Munir Ahmad. After that Dr. Zafar Iqbal VC, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad gave a briefing on role of University of Agriculture in the development of agriculture and small ruminants in Punjab. In the middle of inaugural session Malik M. Akram (DG, Water Management) devised the possible solution to mistake water losses and challenging situation for water management at farm level. Later on the session, Mr. Abdul Hameed, from Agri. Extension, Punjab gave an overview about problems in technology transfer at farmer level and DG, Livestock and DD, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal identified the gaps and further opportunities for small ruminants in Punjab. Farmers gave their view points about field problems and expected assistance to improve the shortfalls. Dr. Javed Ahmad, Director Wheat Research Institute, Faisalabad gave the key note address.In second session, technical groups were made to find recommendations under particular themes to achieve goals set in ARP Phase-II.