Overview

Food Security and economic stability of the country is delicately linked with the growth in agriculture sector. The overall rate of economic growth of the country largely depends upon the performance of this sector. Whatever happens to agriculture is bound to affect the growth of the country. The past experiences show that periods of high/low agricultural growth have generally coincided with the period of robust/ poor performance of the national economy. Cotton, Wheat, Sugarcane and Rice are the most important crops grown in Pakistan. The performance of these four is very crucial for the overall performance of national economy. Several studies have proved that agricultural research has a positive and significant impact on agricultural productivity.

Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), Faisalabad, is the premier institute generating agricultural technology which is acting as an engine of growth of economy of Pakistan. It was originated in 1962 after the bifurcation of research and education working under the former Punjab Agricultural College and Research Institute Lyallpur. Being one of the prestigious research organizations of the country, its mission is to develop new verities of crops, technologies for food safety and sustainable generation of exportable surplus for economic safeguard, value addition, conservation of natural resources and introduction of new plants. This research institute was the beacon to the green revolution in the country in late sixties and since then consistently is playing a key role in meeting the post green revolution productivity challenges and ensuring national food security.