SAARC Countries Acceded to Barter Agri- Technologies & Germ-plasm for Food Security in the Region

On Wednesday ,August 12, 2015; the meeting of the Governing Board of SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) was held in Islamabad, at the headquarters of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), which was chaired by its Chairman, Gh. Rabani Haqiqatpal, Director Information Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Afghanistan. Among others, the meeting was attended by Member Director, Fisheries, BARC, Bangladesh, Dr. Md Kabir Ikramul Haque, Program Director, ICS, Ministry of Agriculture Bhutan, Deputy Minister Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives, Mohamed Shareef, Chief Communication, Ministry of Agriculture Nepal, IP Rijal, Director, HORDI, Sri Lanka, Dr. Memal Fonseka, Director SAC, Dhaka, SM Bokthiar and Senior Program Specialist (NRM), SAC Dhaka, Dr. Tayan Raj Gurung and Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad.

Emphasizing the importance of further integrating mutual programmes among member countries, the Governing Board of SAARC Agriculture Center acceded primarily to barter new technologies and germ plasm to ensure food security in the region. “We need joint programmes and being the member of SAARC we should experiment each others’ technologies and research findings in other ecologies to help develop food secure region,” Haqiqatpal remarked. The SAC, Governing Board, on the occasion praised Pakistan for developing state-of-the-art National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), which they said was not only contributing for the agricultural development of Pakistan but could play an important role in regional agriculture development.


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