‘Main goals of ALP are food security, poverty alleviation’

Academia puts in its back to resolve food security issues
Food security issues

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad on Friday said that main goals of Agricultural Linkages Programme (ALP) with US were focus on food security, poverty alleviation and promoting broad based equitable and sustainable agriculture.

He expressed these views during a meeting with US Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegation led by Embassy of USA in Pakistan Agriculture Counselor Clay M Hamilton at PARC. He said the government of Pakistan and United States of America recalling the close ties in scientific and technological cooperation which have developed over several decades have gone into an agreement in 1999 to create an Agricultural Linkages Program (ALP) in PARC to reap the mutual benefits of agricultural research through joint research projects and exchange of scientists.

Dr Ahmad said that during 1999 under this agreement, USA supplied 200,000 tonnes of wheat valued at $23.222 million as a grant to Pakistan. The covenants of the agreement provide that the local currency generated through the sale proceeds of the wheat will be used by PARC to establish the ALP.

The main objective of the ALP is to promote and support agricultural research and development activities in accordance with the Pakistan’s long-term development goals and to promote long-term scientific cooperation between Pakistan and US in agriculture sector.

This programme is fully functional since 2000 and successfully launched six batches of projects. Overall 304 projects have been successfully completed under this program in federal and provincial agricultural research centres, institutes and universities.

Now, PARC has invited research proposals from the promising Pakistani Agricultural Scientists for award of research grant under ALP for 7th Batch of ALP in specific research priority areas of agriculture sector.

On this occasion, PARC Planning and Development Division Director General Dr Ahmad Bux Meher has also given a detailed presentation about ALP, criteria for award of projects, investment status of ALP, ongoing projects, priorities areas for 7th Batch and scientific achievements. Natural Resources Member Dr Nadeem Amjad and other senior scientists of PARC were also present in the meeting. Courtesy Daily Times


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