October 26, 2014
ISLAMABAD: Italy praised Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and its provincial components of olive project in promoting olive cultivation in Pakistan.
Head of Italian Cooperation in Italian Embassy Dr Dominco Bruzzone at a three-day PARC training programme for 25 master trainers about olive processing machinery at Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) Chakwal said progress of the project was marvellous and PARC have put right persons at right job. Italian government is planning to further assist Pakistan in olive sector along with other sector like health, education, energy and infrastructure sectors, he added.
Italian government offers aid as well as soft loans for development in Pakistan.
The training was arranged by PARC under the project ‘Technical Assistance and Support to line ministries in Agriculture Sector with emphasis on olive production in Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan (AFNEPAK)’ which is an Italian funded project.
Dr Muhammad Tariq Director BARI Chakwal highlighting research activities and achievements of BARI Chakwal said olive was future cash crop of Pothowar area.
Dr Nasir Mahmood Cheema of PARC and deputy National Project Director of AFNEPAK acknowledged the financial and technical support of Italian government for not only in olive sector but also in other important sectors.
He said PARC has a strong coordination system with provinces and body always made planning and strategies by taking the provincial governments on board and we have successfully completed 3,100 acres olive plantation in Pakistan and during next five years 50,000 acres of land would be brought under olive cultivation.
During 2014, 25-30 tonnes of olive fruit has come in Pakistani market and it would further increase in coming years and now it is the time to train human resource of the country in processing and this training is part of the programme.
Dr Stephano Valle resident Coordinator AFNEPAK project showed satisfaction over the project progress and appreciated the efforts of PARC olive team particularly Dr Muhammad Munir, Member (C&M) PARC and National Project Director (Olive) for making project a success.
Courtesy Daily Times
Collected by Zarai Media