The Agriculture Policy Institute (API) of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has organised a training course for 5th batch of 89 small farmers of Balochistan under the RADP Sub-Project ‘Skill Development of the Farmers of Balochistan’.
The purpose of the training was to build capacity of the farmers in area of crop sciences, horticulture, agri-mechanisation, water resources, animal sciences and value addition, said a statement on Friday.
Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of the 5th batch training course said that after the 18th amendment, the agriculture subject has been transferred to provinces but the federal government gives special focus to small farmers of Balochistan to improve their livelihood through development of agro-livestock activities in the province.
He said under the on-going skill development program, 1,000 farmers would be trained from Balochistan. He said for the welfare of farming community, the federal government has taken various steps to reduce the cost of production to make the agriculture more profitable.
The federal minister has announced that after the completion of this skill development project of 1,000 small farmers, another programme would also be initiated for training of more 1,000 farmers of Balochistan province.
He urged the farmers to approach the provincial government to prepare proposal for development of agriculture sector in Balochistan.
The federal government will also fully support it, he added. He also highlighted the project of installation of solar tube wells in the country including share of Balochistan province to overcome the issue of shortage of water for agriculture use.
PARC Acting Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad and Director General NARC Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan also addressed on the occasion and assured them all type of cooperation from PARC at federal level for their capacity building to manage agro-livestock on modern lines. API API Dr Khalid Farooq, while briefing about the training, said that so far 515 farmers out of 1,000 have been trained in various disciplines of agriculture. He said there are some important things which include improved seed, animal breeds, management and environment besides other factors for the improvement of agro-livestock productivity.
He said that they are producing agri-service providers at national level so that they can provide services to other farmer of their local area to achieve the national goal of food security and poverty reduction in the country.
Source: Daily Times
December 17, 2016