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PCSIR-HEMP value chain development programme-2021

Islamabad, September 30, 2021 (PPI-OT):PCSIR Hemp Development Programme – 2021” was held today at PMAS Arid University Greenhouse Research Farm (Institute of Hydroponic) at Rawat. The Hemp Development Programme is a development project of the Government of Pakistan, initiated on the directives of the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology will execute the project in collaboration with the PMAS Arid Agriculture University. Under the project, Hemp will be cultivated and processed for the development of medicinal/ industrial products. During the ceremony, Government dignitaries and prominent scientists express their views on the project. The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Senator Shibli Faraz graced the occasion as “Chief Guest”.

During his address, Senator Shibli Faraz said that Pakistan has a vast and well-developed network of R and D institutions and academia and the present government is paying due attention to the optimal utilization of these natural resources through coordinated efforts of available scientific and academic infrastructure with particular emphasis on the commercialization of resultant products, technologies, processes and services.

Dr. Syed Ata-ur-Rehman (Additional Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology), Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi (Chairman PCSIR) and Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman (VC PMAS Arid Agriculture University) also addressed the gathering. The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks from the organizers.

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