Dr. Mark Smith, Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) along with Dr. Mohsin Hafeez, Country Representative, IWMI-Pakistan visited Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Islamabad on 2nd December 2021. Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chairman PARC accompanied with Dr. Zakir Hussain Dahri, National Coordinator (Water), Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Director,Climate Energy & Water Research Institute (CEWRI) NARC and Dr. Muhammad Ishaq Mastoi, Director Plant Protection, PARC warmly greeted the honorable delegates.
IWMI representatives thanked PARC for constant support since operationalization of IWMI in Pakistan and provision of office space for setting up IWMI-Pakistan Liaison Office at CEWRI, NARC.They briefed about the current and future programs of IWMI in Pakistanand sought collaborative support of PARC.
Chairman PARC after briefing the delegates on PARCs ongoing initiatives assured full support of PARC to IWMI-Pakistan for the future collaborative initiatives. He particularly mentioned the poor plight of agriculture in Balochistan province and stressed to harness the untapped potential through resource optimization, provision of necessary inputs and adoption of best practices.
The delegates from IWMIsought technical assistance and partnership of PARC for their upcoming programs on Biosaline Aquaculture in the Southern Punjab and Sindh provinces and Bioremediation and agricultural use of Wastewater. Chairman PARC elaborated about PARCs experience in theseareas and assured to partner in these collaborative initiatives. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Chairman PARC.