PARC signs LOI with Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)



Islamabad, JULY 7  –  Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI), to establish an advanced Queen Bee Research Lab and domestication of modern Turkish bee hive in Pakistan. Program coordinator (TIKA), Mr. Gokhan Umut, visited PARC HQs for the purpose on July 3, 2020.

PARC is the apex national organization in Pakistan working in close collaboration with public and private sector institutions in the country to provide science based solutions for the development of agriculture in Pakistan whereas Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is a government development and donor agency of the Republic of Turkey having its headquarter in Ankara. Turkey has already entered into MOU with Government of Pakistan and has been working towards sustainable development projects in Pakistan. TIKA involves sharing of Turkey’s development experience and cooperation with other countries and its projects extend from technical infrastructure to corporate capacity increase.

Under this project PARC and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) will ensure the implementation and collaboration of the TIKA-PARC advanced queen Research Lab project at Honey Bee Research Institute (HBRI), NARC. The parties will cooperate in joint research for establishing advance Honey Bee Queen Research Lab with molecular level research facilities at Honey Bee Research Institute (HBRI), NARC and domestication and adaptation of Turkish model bee hive in Pakistan for higher honey production and colony productivity. TIKA will also assist in up gradation, renovation installation of research gadgets and will ensure the provision of 50 Turkish Model Bee hives for research purpose and demonstration to beekeepers.