CABI-an international development organisation- conducted 4-day training in a plant clinic for the officials of Azad Jammu and Kashmir agriculture department. Among others Khawaja Masood Iqbal Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, Zaffar Jahangir Entomlogist, Raja Zaheer Iqbal Project Director Agri Business and Amna Rafi Deputy Director were prominent attendees of the AJK Agriculture department who were nominated to participate in the training course.
CABI is an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI’s approach involves putting information, skills and tools into people’s hands.
CABI’s 50 member countries guide and influence our work which is delivered by scientific staff based in our global network of centres. CABI’s centre in Pakistan was established in 1957 and helps small scale farmers in the region to increase yields, improve the quality of crops and access markets, in a sustainable, environmentally-sensitive way.
The centre’s horticultural expertise helps local smallholder farmers improve their production and profitability by providing them with access to better quality seeds, and encouraging farmers to adopt good, sustainable soil and production practices. Integrated crop management is encouraged, including managing agricultural pests and diseases through safe biological means. Regional plant clinics give farmers the information they need to lose less of their crops to pests and diseases. The centre also helps farmers overcome barriers to getting their crops to market.
Post-disaster agricultural support is provided by the centre. Individuals and groups are encouraged to plan for, and thus minimise the impact of such disasters. The centre works with a large number of donors and organizations in order to facilitate its work, including national and regional governments, private sector bodies, foundations, NGOs, and other experts in the field.