Pakistani farmers will get the benefit of an agricultural innovation program due to a partnership between the USAID, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Center. The agricultural innovation program will work to increase the use of modern technologies in the agriculture sector.
USAID is working hard to boost the economy of Pakistan and putting new technology in the hands of farmers is one way to accomplish that goal. This will help meet some of the agricultural needs and improve the economic development of the country. The program hopes to increase agricultural productivity and quality to create more jobs on farms and produce more goods. Pakistan’s agricultural sector is a major component of its economy, but its slow growth pace is a detriment to economic development. Growth numbers have fallen behind similar nations in recent years and the USAID is hoping to change it.
The project will use scientific methods to develop a model to enable economic growth and improvement to the lifestyles of Pakistani farmers. Pakistan, the USAID, and the other international partners on this project are committed to a solution that will include research, collaboration, and investments to ensure success.
The project duration is set for four years with a budget of $30 million. USAID will sponsor the research in hopes of encouraging the adoption of new techniques and practices. In addition, the project hopes to increase employment and incomes of rural families. Some of the ways this will be done include land irrigation and through connecting small farmers to major agribusinesses. The USAID has helped over 800,000 rural families increase their farm yields and earn better incomes through their agricultural innovation programs.
– Amanda Kloeppel
Source: Business Recorder, The Nation