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January 8, 2016

Japan vows to continue supporting Pakistan in agriculture

Islamabad, January 08, 2016. The Certificate distribution Ceremony on the follow-up workshop for training participants from Hazara Division was held under Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) project "Capacity Development of Agriculture Extension Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province" on January 8, 2016 at National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) Islamabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Chief Representative, JICA said that JICA will continue its support and cooperation for such joint programs for the promotion of agriculture, economic growth and food security in Pakistan. He further mentioned that one of the unique features of this project is that it has linked the agriculture research and extension system for the dissemination of latest research and development in agriculture to farmers at grassroots level.

Dr. Nadeem Amjad, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) acknowledged the support of JICA and Government of Japan for various development projects in Pakistan. Chairman PARC said that the project of capacity development of agriculture extension services in KPK was started in January 2015 with the joint efforts of PARC, JICA and KPK-Department of Agriculture Extension to train 100 Agriculture Extension Officers (AEOs) / Subject Matter Specialists (SMSs) and 250 Field Assistants (FAs) about new knowledge / innovations and practical skill to provide better agriculture extension services to the farmers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Qazi, Fayaz-u-din, acting Director General of Directorate of Agriculture Extension in KP thanked JICA for supporting the project and appreciated the cooperation of management of PARC/NARC for training the field staff from KP. He further said that the dissemination of knowledge about advanced agricultural technologies along with improved communications skills would give confidence to the trained extension staff to perform their role effectively in improving farm productivity, employment generation, mitigating environmental degradation, and uplifting socio-economic conditions of rural masses of KPK.

In his vote of thanks NARC Director General Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan congratulated the participants of this capacity-development program on successful completion of their training at NARC. He said PARC with the cooperation of international partners implementing Agricultural Innovation Program in Pakistan to improve productivity of agriculture sector and to uplift socio-economic condition of farming community.

PhotoDirector General, NARC, Chairman PARC, Chief Representative, JICA and Acting DG of Directorate of Agriculture Extension (KP) at the certificate distribution ceremony of follow-up workshop of training participants under JICA Project at NARC.

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