Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program, three-year project aims to enhance and protect the productivity of wheat in Pakistan by supporting research that leads to the identification, adoption, and optimal agronomic management of new, high yielding, disease-resistant wheat varieties. The major (but not exclusive) objective is to facilitate efforts of Pakistani scientific institutions to minimize adverse effects of wheat rusts (including the Ug99 stem rust lineage) through surveillance and genetically resistant varieties.

As part of the U.S. Government’s assistance to Pakistan, USDA and the Pakistani Ministry of Agriculture have identified developing wheat varieties with resistance to virulent rust strains as one of the goals for improving food security and related agricultural production challenges. This document outlines a project for providing cereal rust protection for wheat production in Pakistan.

This wheat production enhancement project is a multi-partner, collaborative research and development program that includes human resource development. The primary external partners (USDA, CIMMYT, and ICARDA) will work cooperatively with Pakistani research organizations to refine work plans and implement research and development activities in rust surveillance, pre- breeding, breeding, seed, and agronomy as described in objectives section.

Institute Name Region
AJK-A Directorate of Agriculture Azad Jammu & Kashmir
ARI-B Agriculture research institute, Quetta Baluchistan
AZRC Arid Zone Research Center-Quetta Baluchistan
BARI-P Barani Agricultural Research Institute -Chakwal Punjab
CCRI-K Cereal Crops Research Institute(CCRI)-Pirsabak, Nowshera Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
CDRP Crop Diseases Research Program, NARC, Murree Punjab
EAR-P Punjab Extension and Adaptive Research Lahore Punjab
MARC Mountain Agricultural Research Centre, Gilgit Gilgit Baltistan
NARC National Agriculture Research Center, Islamabad Capital
NIA-S Nuclear Institute for Agriculture, Tandojam Hyderabad Sindh
NIFA-K NIFA Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture, Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
PARC Pakistan Agriculture Research Center, Islamabad Capital
RARI-P Regional Agricultural Research Institute, Bahawalpur Punjab
SARS-K Summer Agriculture Research Station, Kaghan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
WRI-P Wheat research institute Faisalabad Punjab
WRI-S Wheat research institute, Sakrand Sindh