On 12th September 2018, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council arranged a visit of Ambassadors and Diplomats from 11 countries to National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad including Russia, Iran, China, , Azerbaijan, Hungary, Belarus, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan and were briefed about the agri-research and development activities being carried at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad.
The diplomats were acquainted regarding the R&D activities, new innovations and technologies being practiced in Pakistan. Diplomats were also told about PARC Institutes and Centres working across the country for the promotion and development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. Research activities about Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries were also updated. Afterwards, the diplomats were taken to the field areas of NARC.
The delegates visited Climate, Energy & Water Research Institute (CEWRI) where the scientists and engineers are engaged in research activities aimed at devising solutions and management strategies for climate change, water resources and alternate energy which are economically viable, technically feasible and socially acceptable.
National Institute for Geonomics & Biotechnology (NIGAB) which is as a leading biotechnology institute both at national as well as international level and Tissue Culture Labs were also deeply visited by the delegates. National Genebank of Pakistan at Bioresources Conservation Institute (BCI) was also visited which has two types of conservation facilities.
The delegates were also taken to Horticulture Research Institute which evaluates new technologies for adoption at farm level to increase the yield and quality for local & export purpose. Animal Sciences Institute was also visited where the delegates were briefed that the center conducts research of national importance in Animal Health and Animal Production.
The delegates appreciated the efforts of CGSS and NARC in the field of agriculture and stated that this visit will facilitate mutual ventures between Pakistan and the representative countries in the field of agricultural development.