I have worked for CABI since 1997 and have many years experience in different CABI projects. I have experience in the field of agriculture and biological control of insect pests of sugarcane, cotton and papaya mealybug. I was involved in two research papers that were published in the Pakistan Journal of Entomology and Journal of Entomological Sciences.
I have established biological control laboratories in different areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also have good experience of establishing the Natural Enemy Field Reservoirs (NEFR) in different regions. I have also reared biological control agents in labs to release in fields. I’m also involved in research work, data collection and handling lab equipment and am engaged in training new staff for biological research work.
CABI’s centre in Pakistan coordinates our activities in Central and Western Asia. Small-scale farming here is widespread, employing a large percentage of the population in many areas. Agriculture contributes heavily towards the region’s economy and its development.
Tackling agricultural pests in Pakistan in a safe and sustainable way will save crop losses and benefit Pakistan’s exports. We are strengthening the capacity of Pakistan’s systems to implement biocontrol programmes for agricultural pests that cause huge problems. We will also lessen the impact of post-harvest pests and aflatoxins, and improve the capacity of plant health regulators to certify exports of agricultural commodities.
Start: 01/09/14 -End: 31/08/19