Revitalised agricultural research need of the hour: minister
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to revitalise agricultural research and create public-private partnership to enhance and make agricultural research viable in the public sector, a senior government official said.
Chairing a meeting with the delegation of the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, which was headed by FAO representative in Pakistan Rebekah Bell, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam said that it is pertinent to link the industry needs with the core of agricultural research in the public sector.
The minister emphasised that only “Innovative Agricultural Financing Models” can lead Pakistan’s agriculture into the future.
Imam urged the FAO to bring agriculture research experts to Pakistan from the US, Japan, China, Australia and Brazil.
“We need to transform the quality of the human resource in our national research centres so that the overall agriculture sector can be led to prosperity,” he said, adding that the curriculum of agricultural universities in the country needs to be revamped so that word-class scientists can be produced locally.
Both parties agreed to hold workshops to chalk out a plan for revamping the research sector of the country. The minister also said Pakistan needs to better protect intellectual property rights so that foreign companies can come and invest in the country.
At the end of the meeting, the minister appreciated the quick response of the FAO attending this very important meeting. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks from the federal minister.
Syed Anwar-ul-Hasan Bukhari, additional secretary (P&T), Rashid Mahmood, additional secretary (D/IC) and senior officials of the ministry also attended the meeting.
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