Gilgit-Baltistan: Trade Avenues with China and Central Asia

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ISLAMABAD (D.Times): The development in the area of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral will open avenues for trade with China and other regions. Regional Centres of ICIMOD and ICARDA come up for our support for the strategic plan development of Mountain Agricultural Research Centre (MARC) in the region for the improvement and better of crops, fruits and livestock production. This was stated by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad here while presiding over a high-level ‘Consultative Workshop with Stakeholders for MARC Strategic Plan Development’ at PARC Headquarters. ICIMOD Consultant Dr Jochen Currle currently on a consultancy mission to develop strategic plan for MARC Juglot, Gilgit-Baltistan was given a presentation on ‘Strategic Development of Agricultural Research in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral’. He presented situation analysis, vision, an ideal scenario in 2023, mission statement, strategic framework, and many organisational options, sequences of strategic development steps for views and inputs to finalize the documents for presentation to concerned Ministries of Gilgit-Baltistan and federal government for approval. PARC Natural Resources Member Dr Nadeem Amjad while chairing the question and answer session highlighted that there is a number of crisis in the country but there is no crises in food in the country. In the open question-answer session many question were raised and replied by the experts. staff report

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