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MARC during the last two decades followed multidirectional approach focusing on research for productivity enhancement, development of research infrastructure, strengthening of existing establishment and the strategic planning for a productive agricultural research system in Gilgit-Baltistan. The research activities of the center were mostly concentrated on identification of high yielding disease resistant germplasm of cereals, fruits, vegetables, pulses, and fodders, development of cultivation methodologies for important medicinal plants, introduction and multiplication of trout, improved seed and plant multiplication and also dissemination of research knowledge and technologies. in the early years almost all activities were carried out at Juglote.

The scope of the center was gradually extended as research was initiated as some new discipline were included in the research agenda besides establishing research stations in other areas of Gilgit-Baltistan including Chilas, Skardu, and Astore. Salient achievements of the Center are briefly described as follows.

Research Accomplishments

Despite  several challenges like harsh climatic and topographic conditions meager resources, poor infrastructure and capacity , MARC was able to make headway in identification of high yielding crop varieties, development of cultivation methodologies for medicinal plants, introduction of trout  fish farming and commercialization of Seabuckthorn  products etc.

High yielding varieties of wheat, maize, fruits, vegetables and fodders have been selected for cultivation in various ecological zone of Gilgit-Baltistan. Promising varieties are:


  • GA-2002                                            
  • Chakwal-50                                        
  • Faisalabad-2008                                 
  • Auqab-2000                                       


  •  Azam
  • Pahari

                        Species        Varieties
                        Apricot           Charmaghz, Habbi, Shakanda, Nilipevend &
                        Apple             Red Chief, Red Delicious & Golden Delicious
                        Pear               Bagrote Local & Leconte 
                        Plum              Fazal manani, Rubusto, Methaly & Shero
                        Peach            A-5, A-6, A-8, Loring, N.J-241 & Suzi
                        Almond         Neplus ultra & Local Kaghazi
                        P. Granate    Qandahari, Jalari, Mix & Metha

           Fig                 Dotato & Local white

           Olives           Coratina, N-Etnea

            Walnut         Serr, Local Kaghazi

           Grapes         Flame Seedless, Italia/140-Ru

           Persimmon Manchista, Kouro Kagma

            Cherry          Cornetta, Franco, Black Cherry


Tomato            Roma, Rio Grand, Gala, Red Globe, Royal   & Banther

Onion              Swat-1, Afghan White & Texas Early

Okra                Pusa Sawani, Subaz Pari & Sarhad     Green

Chilly              Chilly Chinese, Longhi, & Juglote Chilly

China Cabbage            Mitchihilili & Juglote Cabbage
Cabbage                     Golden Acre & Drumhead
Cauliflower                 Shahzadi, Snowdrift & Snowball-16
Peas                             Early Meteor, Rondo & Desan
Radish                         Mino Early, Green Neck & Nepal Early


Lucern                         Sunder, Aquarius, Faisalabad and Bunji local  

           Oats                             Scott and pd2lv65

Improved germplasm including seed of promising crop varieties and certified fruit

plants was produced and distributed among interested farmers.

Low cost plastic tunnel technology for off-season vegetable production was developed and transferred to farmers.

Production technologies for different vegetable were developed and disseminated.

Cultivation methodology for medicinal plants including Kuth (Sassurea lappa),

Thyme, white cumin and black cumin were developed.Propagation of black cumin from seed and bulbs under farm conditions was successfully attempted for the first time in Pakistan.

Economic importance of Seabuckthorn a magic plant was explored and established. Food, Medicinal and Cosmetic products were developed from

Seabuckthorn berries and seed and introduced among communities. Seabuckthorn oil is the most valuable among all the products.

Trout pond culture has been developed for rainbow and brown trout.

Around 2.0 million disease free trout fingerlings  have been produced and

                supplied to the communities.

                Diseases affecting trout were identified and successfully

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