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Agriculture Research
Introduction
Mandate/Objectives
Functions
Organizational Chart
Achievements
Research Institutes/Stations/Sub stations
Developmental Projects

 

Introduction

In NWFP, systematic agricultural research was started in 1908 at Tarnab, Peshawar by the then Govt. which was further strengthened and expanded to the entire Province over the years by formation and establishment of new research stations and institutes.

Now a network of 13 Agriculture Research Institutes/stations with several substations is functioning in the province under the supervision of Director General Research (BPS-20). The Outreach Directorate is headed by Director Outreach, which promote and transfer improved technology to the end users. Research institutes/station can be split into two categories, one with the mandate of research on multiple disciplines, Agriculture research Institutes Tarnab, Dera Ismail Khan Research Mingora and Agriculture Research Station Baffa, Mansehra falls under this category. The other category is of commodity institutes/stations like Cereal Crops Research Institute, Pirsabak, Sugar Crops Research Institute, Mardan.

In 1980’s, Government of NWFP according to an agreement signed with US-AID, under Project Transformation and Integration of Provincial Agricultural Network (TIPAN), handed over the Agricultural Research Wing of Agriculture Department to NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar, which was later called NWFP Agricultural Research System. This arrangement was made with the aim to enhance quality of agriculture education and research according to the need of farming community.  This System is working under NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar administration and financed by the Government of NWFP.

 

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 Mandate

 

The mandate of Agricultural Research System (ARS) can be defined as:

  1. Development of new high yielding, resistant and good quality varieties/hybrids of crops, vegetables, fruits and others for different agro-ecological zones of NWFP.
  2. Development of economical, user friendly and sustainable production technology packages for newly developed varieties/Hybrids, for each and every agro-ecological zones of NWFP with its refinement every year.
  3. Production of high quality Pre-Basic seed/clones of new and prevailing varieties/hybrids of crops, vegetables and fruits, for its distribution to concerned agencies and progressive farmers for further multiplication for the common farmers.
  4. Dissemination and promotion of agricultural and related technology to end-users and provide different agricultural related services to farmers, rural women and agricultural related traders.
  5. Assist and cooperate with various national and international agencies, NGOs and various Projects especially in agriculture sector development.

 

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Functions
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Organizational Chart
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 Achievements
Achievements of NWFP Agricultural Research System During Last Two Years
  • Variety Development

    Development of new high yielding, resistant and good quality varieties/hybrids of crops, vegetables, fruits and others for different agro-ecological zones of NWFP are one of the mandatory tasks of the system. 25 new varieties of different crops, fruits and vegetables were developed and approved by Provincial Seed Council during year 2003 while 17 during year 2004.e.g. Haider 2k, KT-2000, KT2003, Lukky-j03, Pir Sabak 2004 & Zam (Wheat) Jalal-2003 (maize), Fakhr-e-Malakand (Rice), Bannu green, Bannu-3, MCP-421 (Sugar cane), KK-2, KK-3 (Chick pea) Swat Mung-1, Karak Mung-1 (Mung Bean). Masoor-2004, Ratta Kulachi-2004 (Lentils), Pink Lady, Royal Gala etc. (Apple), Ruby Red (Plum) Sun Burst, Colney (Cherry), Tarnab Neemboo (Lemon), Tarnab Gulabi (pomegranate), Tarnab Inzer (Fig), Dassan (Peas), Elum (tomato) etc.
  • Seed/Plants Production

    1023 Tons Pre-Basic & Basic seed of different crops and vegetables were produced and disseminated among farmers and other stakeholders. 103766 fruit plants were also produced and provided to different growers.

  • Technology Development And Promotion

    Every Year new technologies were launched for each and every agro-ecological zones of NWFP with their verification and modification every year due to changing environments and conditions and are disseminated to the farmers through adaptive/promotion trials, field days, extension messages, TV Radio programs and by other means.787 Adaptive plots, 475 Trainings & Field days , 391 Radio/TV talks were broadcasted.
  • Marketing Of Fruits & Vegetables

    Marketing of apple, peaches and other fruits and vegetables were improved by introducing better grading, packing and packaging by the Agricultural Research System and facilitated by Project for Horticulture Promotion-Post Project Support
  • Introduction Of Improved Varieties Of Fruits & Vegetables

    A big breakthrough in fresh fruits/vegetables availability in the local market for extended period of time was made through release of new early, medium and late maturing varieties. Off-season vegetable production and plastic tunnel production system was promoted in the Province.
  • Improved Sugar Recovery

    Sugar recovery was improved in sugarcane and it is now better than that of Punjab and is also comparable with that of Sind in spite of short growing seasons in NWFP.

 

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 Research Institutes/Stations/Sub stations

Agricultural Research Institutes

The following Institutes/Stations are established in the Province under Agricultural Research System NWFP:

  • Agricultural Research Institute, Tarnab, Peshawar
  • Agricultural Research Institute, D.I.Khan
  • Cereal Crops Research Institute, Pirsabak, Nowshera
  • Sugar Crops Research Institute, Mardan
  • Agricultural Research Station Mingora, Swat
  • Barani Agricultural Research Station, Kohat
  • Agricultural Research Station, Baffa, Mansehra
  • Livestock Research Station, Jaba, Mansehra
  • Potato Research Centre, Abbottabad
  • Agricultural Research Station, Chitral
  • Agricultural Research Station, Serai Naurang
  • Agricultural Research Station, Ahmad Wala, Karak
  • Livestock Research and Development Farm, Surezai, Peshawar
  • Directorate of Outreach, NWFP Agricultural University, Peshawar
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Developmental Projects
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