I have a PhD in Entomology with further specialisation in Acarology and I have more than 10 research publications in peer reviewed journals. I have worked for CABI as Entomologist since January, 2016. My main responsibilities include implementing a biological control programme in Balochistan province, Pakistan. I, along with my team members, explored native biocontrol agents for apple codling moth and spider mites, and developed rearing technologies for their mass releases on farms. Successful deployements were made in Balochistan province and biocontrol agents were established and were effective in regulating the pest population below economic injurous levels.
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