Islamabad:(04th April 2019...............): A signing Ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding was held at PARC HQs, Islamabad between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad and M/s Silvanus Forestry, Pakistan Private Limited, Islamabad. A delegation from M/s Silvanus Forestry headed by Dr. Istvan GRAFJODI, Commercial Counselor, Embassy of Hungry along-with Mushtaq Ahmed Bhatti, Managing Director, M/s Silvanus Forestry visited PARC HQs for the purpose.
PARC signed a MOU with Silvanus Forestry, Pakistan Private Limited, Islamabad for introduction, evaluation and testing of fast growing varieties of Black Locust (Robinia pseduacacia) and Willow (Salix alba). The new varieties of these species will be tested by PARC/NARC in various agro-ecological zones for adaptability, growth, diseases and insect/pest resistance. Black Locust is nitrogen fixing legume tree used for wood fiber, poles, land reclamation, forage and beekeeping while Willow wood is used for manufacturing of boxes and cricket bats. It is hoped that the new tree varieties will make a significant contribution in the 10 billion tree plantation program of the present government to address the issues of climate change, reversing environmental degradation through reforestation in the country. Pakistan is the world’s seventh most vulnerable country to climate change despite being among the world’s least polluting countries with a global emission contribution of 0.2 percent. Deforestation and degradation of rangelands not only affecting the whole ecosystem services but also causing huge economic losses in the form of floods and droughts in the country. Therefore, as a nation we should take every step for the conservation, protection and sustainable utilization of these natural resources for a better and viable economy of Pakistan.
Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Bhatti, Managing Director, M/s Silvanus Forestry, Pakistan Private Limited, Islamabad appreciated PARC efforts in agriculture sector and also thanked Dr. Munir Ahmed, Chairman PARC who has kindly consented to get MoU signed between M/s Silvanus Forestry, Pakistan Private Limited, Islamabad and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). He also appreciated the efforts of Dr. Munir Ahmed, Chairman, PARC for development of agriculture sector in the Country and Chairman, PARC also shared his views on the occasion that the partnership of both parties will become fruitful to remove the poverty through up lifting the agriculture of country and in future both parties become the precious partners.
Incharge (PR&P), PARC
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SC&P), NARC