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HarvestPlus aims to improve nutrition and public health in Pakistan by promoting wheat that can provide more zinc in the diet. We work with more than 20 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus supports the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) to breed, test, and release varieties of zinc wheat developed in partnership with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). Wheat is the primary staple food in Pakistan

The first zinc wheat variety, Zincol-2015, was released to farmers at the onset of the wheat cropping season during 2015-16, and mass produced through our partnership with public and private seed multipliers and farmers. Initially, we are focusing on multiplying and providing zinc wheat seed through a select number of partners to target home production and consumption. We are also setting up demonstration plots in all provinces, and providing seed at subsidized rates to small and medium scale farmers. Public awareness campaigns, including through trainings, meetings, field days, and the media, are helping to educate farmers on the benefits of zinc wheat. We are continuing our support to the PARC and the National Agricultural Research System to develop more, higher yielding zinc wheat varieties for future release. 

“As a farmer, I am looking forward to producing and consuming high-zinc wheat.”
— Syed Hassan Raza, farmer

Country Contacts

Dr. M. Yaqub Mujahid, Interim Country Manager/Crop Development Specialist

+92 51 9255032,

Crop Sciences Institute, NARC, Park Road Islamabad


• International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)
• International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
• International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Promotional Partner:
• Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited

• Ministry of National Food Security & Research

• Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination
• Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms
• Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department (FSC&RD)
• National Agricultural Research System (NARS)
• Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad (PARC)
• Provincial Food, Agriculture and Health
Departments of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

• PMAS University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi

Seed Multipliers:
• Punjab Seed Corporation
• Sindh Seed Corporation
• PARC-AgroTech Company
• 4-Brothers Lahore
• Beacon Seed Corporation Kunri Umar Kot
• Bhanbhor Seed & Agro Services Tando Adam
• Bhugio Seed Corporation Mirpur Khas
• Jehan Agro Enterprises Mirpur Khas
• Jullunder Seed Corporation RYK
• Neelam Seed Corporation Multan
• Resham Seed Corporation RYK
• Tara Seed Lahore
• Farmers’ Associations