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Updated ‘Agro-Ecological Zones of Pakistan’ report launched at NARC

By Our Correspondent
March 03, 2024
Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Federal Minister for the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (R) chairs a meeting. — APP/File
Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Federal Minister for the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (R) chairs a meeting. — APP/File

Islamabad : Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, Federal Minister for the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, chaired the launching event of the updated ‘Agro-Ecological Zones of Pakistan’ at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) here, says a press release.

During his speech, Dr. Kauser commended the efforts of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) scientists and stated that NARC is the centre of excellence and an exemplary organisation. He also emphasised the importance of establishing a dissemination mechanism to engage all stakeholders and suggested that provincial agricultural departments utilise the report.

The report offers a comprehensive overview of Pakistan’s updated agro-ecological zones, considering changing environmental conditions. It was prepared under the directive of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, categorising Pakistan’s ecology into various zones and sub-zones with a specialized database. Initially PARC delineated 10 agro-ecological zones in 1980s with the knowledge and technologies available at that time. After about 40 years PARC has now redefined these zones with more precise data, technology and modern knowledge. Additionally, data on 25 crops, including 13 each of ‘khareef and Rabi’ crops suitable for different ecological zones, was developed. Chairman PARC, Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, expressed gratitude to the Federal Minister for his keen interest in the report’s preparation, highlighting its significance in identifying appropriate crops for diverse ecological conditions nationwide. He said that identifying agro-ecological zones in Pakistan is crucial as it helps tailor agricultural practices to specific environmental conditions, maximising crop productivity. Understanding these zones can lead to more sustainable and profitable farming methods, better resource allocation, contributing to food security and economic growth in the region.