ISLAMABAD: In a meeting headed by Brig. Fawad Jeelani, discussions were held between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Army Supply Corps on Tuesday on pulses procurement at PARC headquarters.
At this occasion, Army delegates showed interest in signing MoU with PARC about pulses procurement. Chairman PARC Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan briefed them about the ongoing mega Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) project on pulses and also informed them about the progress made by PARC in productivity enhancement of pulses.
Dr Azeem further informed the visitors that pulses program is aimed at providing certified advanced variety seeds of pulses that could ensure food security amid climate change issues. National Coordinator (Pulses) PARC Dr Muhammad Mansoor Joyia also spoke on pulses research activities carried out under the Pulses Project.
While sharing views about PARC Technology Display Centre, the chairman said PARC products are available for sale to the general public, including honey, beverages, poultry/dairy products, grains, etc. The Chairman further added that unsafe food practices are the major cause of poor health of the people. In this respect, the PARC Agrotech Company (PATCO) shop is equipped with hygienically processed and organic food items thanks to the help of agri-experts, food scientists and farmers. On visiting PARC Technologies Display Centre, the delegation acknowledged the efforts of Chairman PARC and agri. scientists.
Talking to the officers of the services corps, Dr Azeem spoke about the standardisation of various testing procedures and added that Grain Quality Testing Laboratory (GQTL) has earned international recognition and credibility through International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation from Norwegian Accreditation Council, which had paid a visit to the GQTL at NARC. While observing the grain processing work at GQTL, army personnel admired the PARC efforts towards testing/certification services of grains and they also invited the agri. scientist to visit their lab.