Graham Centre researchers, Professor Chris Blanchard, Associate Professor Gavin Ramsay and Dr Ata-ur Rehman attended the 1st Australia-Pakistan International Conference on Pulses for Food Security in March.
The visit was part of the project that aims to increase the productivity and profitability of pulses in Pakistan, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
The conference was hosted by the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, in Multan and saw national and international researchers present their work on lentil, chickpea and other pulses.
The opening ceremony was attended by Dr Rehman, who spoke about the current pulses scenario and the impact of the ACIAR Pulses project, while Professor Blanchard and Professor Ramsay also chaired sessions of the conference.
While in Pakistan the team also visited project field sites in Bhakkar and Larkana, in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh respectively.
Professor Blanchard said, “It was great to have the opportunity to speak with farmers who told us that our project is already having a positive impact on pulse production in the area.”
The visit to Bhakkar also included the Arid Zone Research Institute to see breeding and agronomy field trials.