Ministry of National Food Security and Research in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has trained 7th batch of 118 small farmers of Balochistan province.
The farmers were trained under Research for Agricultural Development Programme (RADP), which aimed to develop the agriculture sector of the province, an official of the ministry said.
The course was organised by Agriculture Poly-technique Institute of National Agriculture Research Center, PARC, he added.
The PARC, he said had launched various projects for promoting agriculture, livestock and horticulture sectors to enhance the farm income of small scale farmers for alleviating poverty from less developed areas of the province.
He said farmers were provided four weeks training, giving special priority to small farmers of the province for their capacity building.
Under the programme, he said 1,000 small farmers of Balochistan province would be trained in the area of crop sciences, horticulture, agriculture mechanization, water resources, animal sciences and value addition.
He said so far 740 small farmers have been trained.
This initiative was taken by PARC on special directives of Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on the rising demand from farming community of Balochistan province, he added.
The Balochistan province was the future of the country’s agriculture and the huge available potential would be exploited to alleviate poverty from less developed areas of the province.
He said RADP would help to provide trained manpower in agriculture sector, which was one of the main constraints in development of agriculture sector in the province.
APP. 7th batch of 118 small farmers of Balochistan trained under RADP. Pakistan Observer, April 8, 2017.