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Head of Division: Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz, DCS
Introduction
Research Mandate
Research Groups
Funded Projects
Salient Achievements

Introduction

Agriculture sector has become highly vulnerable under the twin menace of changing climate and inherent poor fertility of soils in Pakistan. This coupled with highly input intensive farming to feed the ever increasing population are posing grave threats to the sustainability of farming. The prevailing water scarcity, poor soil fertility and erratic impacts of climate change necessitate to develop technologies and products for improving yield and net returns to farmers. Soil and Environmental Sciences Division (S&ESD) conducts applied research using conventional and nuclear techniques to provide sustainable solutions to the existing and forthcoming issues being faced by the farming community of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The core objective of S&ESD is to ensure food security and safety by improving crop productivity and profitability of the farming sector through technology-based interventions.

Research Mandate

Soil and Environmental Sciences Division (S&ESD) has been mandated with enhancement in crop yield and soil productivity by developing and deploying technology packages using conventional and nuclear techniques. The main objectives of S&ESD are as under:

  • To enhance crop production and soil productivity by improving nutrients and water use efficiency for different field and horticultural crops
  • To identify nutrient efficient wheat genotypes for nutrient stress conditions
  • To optimize integrated plant nutrient management package for vertical farming of high value crops in tunnels
  • To develop fertilizer recommendations for field and horticultural crops
  • To develop and enrich environment friendly organic fertilizer products (compost and compost tea) for small nursery and vegetable growers
Research Groups
  1. Plant Nutrition Group
  2. Soil Biology and Biochemistry Group
Funded Projects

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Title of Project

Duration

Funding Agency

1.

Determination of irrigation scheduling of potato using nuclear techniques

1990-1995

IAEA

2.

Potassium requirements of crops

1993-1998

PPI

3.

Evaluation of nitrification inhibitor for potato and its influence on N losses from labeled urea under various soil conditions

1996-1997

IFS

4.

Improving crop productivity in rainfed dry areas.

1997-1998

IAEA

5.

Increasing crop production in rainfed areas by improved water and nutrient management using nuclear techniques.

1997-2002

IAEA

6.

Improving crop productivity in dry area through water management practices

1998-1999

ARP

7.

Saline Agriculture Farmers Participatory Development Project

2002-2007

MinFAL

8.

Integrated management of soil, water and nutrient for improving crop productivity, soil fertility, water use efficiency and environmental protection in rainfed areas of NWFP

2004-2010

IAEA

9.

Effect of mineral and organic nitrogen on yield and nitrogen nutrition of plum fruit orchard

2007-2010

PSF

10.

Enhancing stone fruits (peach, plum and apricot) productivity through Integrated nutrient management

2008-2011

ALP/PARC

11.

Nutrient management of deciduous orchards (Plum) through foliar feeding

2013-2016

PSF

12.

Pilot scale demonstration and popularization of dual technology of bio-geyser with agro-waste composting.

2016-2017

PSF/TIKA

13.

Improving off-season vegetables production under high and walk-in tunnels through integrated management of nutrients, water and diseases

2017-2019

AUP- Endowment Fund

14.

Pilot scale production and popularization of compost tea as organic fertilizer nutrient source

2018-2021

PSF

Salient Achievements
  • Perfected and popularized integrated nutrient and water management package for production of high value crops in tunnels that gives 10 to 15 times more income compared to conventional one
  • Developed and transferred integrated plant nutrient management package of technologies for the field and horticultural crops
  • Fertilizer recommendations and irrigation scheduling for newly evolved NIFA crop varieties have been devised
  • Dual technology of bio-geyser and agro-waste composting was perfected and popularized among farming community
  • Identified zinc efficient wheat genotypes that can be better utilized for low fertility soils and combat human malnutrition
  • Analytical / advisory services are also being provided to the farming community as and when required