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The purpose of the workshop was to share the initial finding of the project with relevant stakeholders and policy makers Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, PARC further said that Australian Government has been supporting for sustainable socio-economic growth in Pakistan since long through Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
The Australian High Commissioner informed that the Australian experts from ACIAR will be visiting Pakistan during early next year which will engage with provincial Agriculture departments and also with the Ministry of Water and Resources.
A delegation led by Dr Raj Andikari, leader of the ACIAR project being carried out under the Agri Value Chain Collaborative Research, met UAF pro-vice chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal.
Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mohammad Moinuddin Abdullah, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett and ACIAR Regional Manager for South Asia Dr Protibha Singh also spoke with Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (Barc) Executive Chairman Dr Md Kabir Ikramul Haque in the chair.
Eusebio, director of the Crops Research Division of DOST-Pcaarrd, expressed the council's commitment to support Aciar in its future R and D activities on banana and mango.
She said Andrew Campbell; Chief Executive Officer of the ACIAR is very keen to visit Pakistan to witness collaborated agricultural projects.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), which has been funding agricultural research in India since 1983, has arranged a series of workshops and field visits.
The VC MNSUA said that the project for promotion of pulses cultivation with cooperation from ACIAR was a maiden attempt of its own kind for food security and hoped it would yield good results.
Dr Muhammad Afzal, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, UoS and Dr Heaney-Mustafa Sandra, Principal Investigator of the ACIAR project 'Developing Approaches to Enhance Farmer Water Management Skills in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh in Pakistan' signed a letter of agreement (LoA) on Monday in this regard.
"The Irrigation Field Schools would train experts, who will then train farmers in their respective areas on managing water resources," delegation members of ACIAR who have had a detailed meeting with the scientists at Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) here on Thursday.