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Farewell Message by Dr Yusuf Zafar, Ex Chairman, PARC

Dear ALL:
My term as Chairman, PARC has now come to an end on 22nd February, 2019 in line with the appointment letter dated 5th October, 2016. It has been an amazing journey and together we have really made a difference in transforming agri-food research and innovation to better meet the national food security and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our interactions with line Ministry of National Food Security and Research as well as with national and international development partners reached to a new height during this period.

My heartfelt thanks to the wonderful Executive Committee (EC), Board of Governors (BoG), Secretariat team and to all those who have been involved in PARC's governance and management for their invaluable support over the last two years. We worked together in such exciting new ways with single aim to promote PARC in order to regain its past glory.

The single most laudable achievement which happened during this period was withdrawal of CDA summary to regain 1400 acres NARC leased land for developing a housing project. My special appreciation to ex-Federal Minister Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan who led the noble cause with fearless courage and dignity. Revival of flagship PSDP project on Olive commercialization is another milestone. Hope this will achieve its objectives in extended period. Reorganization of academic activities under PIASA enabled us to clear the backlog and move forward with new vigor under QAU patronage.

Availability of funds always remains a challenge. However, our scientists due to their hard work and novel ideas, able to win many research projects under PSDP, PSF, IFS Sweden, FAO/IAEA , ICIMOD, USDA, USAID, CDC, JICA, KOPIA and many more. PARC is proud to be associated with Prime Minister Package based on PTI Agriculture Emergency Programme as well as under Technology Driven Knowledge Economy Task Force. PARC is also in forefront of Agriculture sector programmes under CPEC.  Exciting times are ahead and I am confident that new team will pursue all these initiatives with renewed strength and consistent efforts. Pak-US Agriculture Linkage Programme (ALP) attracted lot of applause from Federal Cabinet in May, 2018. ALP programme set new record and after completion of 7th and 8th ALP, recently launched 9th ALP programme. It is envisaged that e-filing will soon be part of our paperless culture.

I am thankful to PARSA and EAPARC for their understanding and guiding executive for the betterment of employees. My sincere suggestion is to keep all differences within Council and completely avoid in taking their differences to the Ministry/Media. Such acts are lethal and incur irreparable damage to the image/prestige of PARC.

It's onto new things for me and seeking new challenges, but I certainly aim to take forward PARC's vital principles into new forms and applications, wherever they may be needed. PARC of course continues to go forward, with a new Chairman and Executive Committee now being recruited. I will devote majority of my remaining time with my family whom I grossly neglected in my obsessive pursuit to achieve excellence. However, I am available round the clock on the contacts given below.

I wish you all every success in your endeavors to make PARC a model agricultural research institution with global recognition.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Yusuf Zafar, T.I
Ex- Chairman, PARC
House # 22, Street # 2,
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