The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT, INT) would establish Borlaug Institute for South Asia-Pakistan (BISA-P) in National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) to further promote research agriculture research activities in the country. CIMMYT Director General, Dr Martin Kropff, who just concluded his Pakistan visit had conducted detailed meetings with Minister of National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Secretary of the ministry, Seerat Asghar, senior management of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and agriculture scientists during which the concept of establishing BISA-P was further strengthen.
According to details, during these meetings, it was agreed that CIMMYT would establish BISA-P and will also create CIMMYT Borlaug Innovation Endowment Fund with potential donors’ financial assistance. Dr Martin Kropff and Federal Secretary Seerat Asghar also signed minutes of discussion (MoD) and agreed that a Letter of Agreement will also be signed by the government of Pakistan with CIMMYT, INT in this regard after completion of all codal formalities. The Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) has already assigned five acres of land to CIMMYT at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) for construction of the BISA-P Institute.-PR