Local government, communities and other key stakeholders like the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Potato Research Institute, Sahiwal, Department of Agriculture Extension, Potato Research and Development Board and Potato Growers Cooperative Society Pakistan have been engaged for larger ownership of the best practices and to replicate them.
Some 24 demonstration plots have been established in the project district by CABI master trainers and Wageningen University experts that represent Dutch best practices in climate smart potato production.
Scientific crop research, knowledge development and its dissemination to the concerned at all tiers of governance for urgent action and implementation plans could save the 230 million people of Pakistan, an agricultural country that is fast becoming food insecure.
They are mainly being promoted by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and other international organizations such as the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), an intergovernmental organization promoting scientific research and practices.
The urgent tasks for the relevant federal and provincial ministries and their subordinate institutions in provinces should be to enhance their efforts to seek more international technical support for scientific research and farmers’ capacity building for backbone crops such as wheat, rice, sugarcane and potato.