ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in collaboration with International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre on Monday organized first national workshop on the introduction of “Durum Wheat in Pakistan”.
The two-day workshop was organized at Wheat Research Institute Faisalabad which brought together scientists, researchers, durum wheat producers, millers, representatives from the food processing industry, restaurants, seed industry and input suppliers to explore prospects in this emerging sector.
A statement received here from PARC said that durum wheat is an important cereal crop mostly grown under rainfed conditions of the semi-arid tropics.
It is a quality produce trading into a generally higher quality food market and fetches higher price than bread wheat internationally.
Demand of durum wheat derived products, especially pasta products and agronomically, the durum wheat plant can be adapted to the less favorable growing conditions.
As part of the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan, potential durum wheat value chain actors were brought together to discuss emerging opportunities and challenges in this sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC said that workshop is a part of the broader agenda that USAID, CIMMYT and PARC are pursuing together to bring sustainable agri-development in the country.
“The continuous assistance from the American people through USAID has helped to uplift the economic circumstances of the poor communities in Pakistan”, he added.
Dr. Imtiaz Muhammad, Country Representative CIMMYT-Pakistan, illustrated the importance of durum wheat in Pakistan and explained how CIMMYT under AIP is working to develop this value chain and across various portfolios of AIP.
AIP has brought a new dimension in durum wheat value chain development which aims to support durum wheat value chain development in Pakistan by providing technical assistance to facilitate flow of germplasm, fast track deployment of new varieties, market linkages and information networking, he Added.