Islamabad: (Parliament Times) The objective of the Agricultural Linkage Program (ALP) is to promote and support agricultural research and development activities in accordance with the Pakistan’s long term development goals and to promote long term scientific cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in agricultural sector.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar, T.I., Chairman, PARC presided over the Board of Directors (BoD) of Agricultural Linkages Program (ALP) at PARC (HQs) on Wednesday to technically evaluate the project proposals.
DG P&DD and Executive Director of ALP Dr. Ghulam Rasool briefed about the agenda of the meeting. All Technical Members of PARC and other senior officials also participated in the meeting.
While presiding over the meeting Chairman PARC welcomed the committee members and said that the ALP is an endowment fund established at PARC with the support of Government of USA to use for activities/projects in line with the Pakistan’s long-term research/development goals for the agriculture sector. The Committee approved minutes of the last meeting.
In the meeting, altogether 21 projects presented for evaluation / approval of Board of Directors of ALP and 19 projects were approved by the BoD which were recommended by Technical Advisory Committee and 02 projects were not approved by the Board.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar urged the members to reduce the processing time and also urged the BoD members to focus on good quality of research. He said that PARC running this program very efficiently since its inception. Dr. Zafar further added that under ALP several projects of different sections have been completed and 9th batch of ALP have also been started under which research proposals are invited in accordance with their priority.