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FAO EXTENDED TECHNICAL COOPERATION PROGRAM TO IMPROVE COTTON & AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH: SYED FAKHAR IMAM

Honorable Federal Minister, Syed Fakhar Imam chaired a meeting with delegation of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations. Ms. Rebekah Bell, FAO Representative in Pakistan, Mr. Aamir Irshad FAO Assistant Representative and Dr. Javed Humayun, Sr. Joint Secretary MNFS&R attended the meeting. Worthy Minister stressed that both PARC and PCCC are facing austere financial and administrative issues especially after the 18th constitutional amendment. Funding steams and policy regimes for PARC and PCCC had been inconsistent due to evolving post-devolution policy ramifications. Against this backdrop, MNFS&R requested FAO, Pakistan to undertake latest assessment of PARC and PCCC’s role, activities and program along-with to develop an integrated strategic plan of PARC and PCCC for next five years to enhance institutional relevance and effectiveness as FAO is a trusted strategic partner of MNFS&R and has successfully undertaken the similar exercise in past for PARC. Moreover FAO has relevant expertise in carrying out assessment and strategic planning process for PARC and PCCC. He was also of the view that FAO Pakistan will be the budget holder, procure the required inputs and field various consultants for studies and technical assistance. The project will be implemented by FAO Pakistan in collaboration with MNFS&R and its organizations; PARC and PCCC. National and International Consultant will also be hired to implement project activities. He requested Ms. Rebekah Bell to support Pakistan’s agriculture through Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). FAO Rep. requested to spare some time to hold a meeting in next week. Delegates from FAO showed their willingness to support and extend assistance for in-depth.