The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has entered into an agreement with Sargodha University to help enhance its institutional capacity of the seed sector to be in line with the amended 1976 Seed Act and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 2016.

Sargodha University has become the first public sector varsity to have signed an agreement with the FAO. The two sides expressed their mutual interests in conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, strengthening agricultural research programs in the development of modern seed technology, climate-smart agriculture practices, biofortified food crop varieties, and improved technologies for minimizing post-harvest losses of food crops.

According to the agreement, FAO and the university will initiate certain capacity development activities, including training programs for small-to-medium scale farmers, agribusinesses and entrepreneurs and development of a technology delivery mechanism and standard operating procedures between the university and the private sector.

Source: Dawn.com.