ISLAMABAD, January 28: H. E. Dr. Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Abdul Qadir, CEO, National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification (Saudi Arabia) visited various departments of NARC. Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chairman, PARC and Senior Management welcome and briefed about the structure, research activities and important research initiatives of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and Dryland Agriculture in Pakistan.
Dr. Khalid Bin Abdullah said that the Saudi Government is working on a 10 billion tree program in Saudi Arabia and is also part of the 40 billion tree program in the Middle East.
After briefing by Chairman, PARC, Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, the Saudi delegation visited NIGAB, Gene Bank, Rangeland Research and Field Station of Climate Change, Energy and Water Resource Institute. The delegation took keen interest in the research activities of these institutes and expressed its intention to cooperate and collaborate with the Council in the exchange of germs of multi-purpose trees, shrubs and grasses to deal with the desert.
The delegation also expressed interest in plant biotechnology, tissue culture technology and medicinal plants for crops and forest trees.
Member Natural Resources Division, PARC, Dr. ShahidMaqsoodGul briefed the delegation about the importance of Dryland Agriculture and highlighted the presence of PARC-outstations operating in the arid areas of Pakistan. He highlighted the challenges facing the arid regions and shared PARC’s experiences in these areas. He described the technologies developed and adopted by the Natural Resources Division, PARC, to meet the challenges facing the people of arid areas. He included options for improvement of dry land agriculture and in this context could further advance the modalities of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. I informed. On the closing of the ceremony, H. E. Dr. Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Abdul Qadir, CEO, National Center for Vegetation Cover and Combating Desertification (Saudi Arabia) planted a tree along with Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Chairman PARC at NARC.-PR