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


  • Advance Seed Corporation, Tando Allah Yar
  • Agri. Nova Seed Corporation, Ghotki
  • Al Shamas Seed Corporation, Liaqat Pur
  • Alzaraun Seed Corporation, Bahawalpur
  • Beacon Seed Corporation, Kunri Umar Kot
  • Bhugio Seed Corporation, Mirpur Khas
  • CKD Seeds, Gujranwala
  • Engro-Pakistan
  • Fatima Fertilizer Company, Pakistan
  • Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited
  • Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department (FSC&RD)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization  of the United Nations (FAO)
  • ICI-Pakistan
  • JB Seed Corporation,Liaqat Pur
  • Jehan Agro Enterprises, Mirpur Khas
  • Jullundher Seed Corporation, Rahim Yar Khan
  • Khawateen (Women) Welfare Council, Bahawalpur
  • Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)
  • Lok Sanjh
  • Ministry of National Food Security & Research
  • Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination
  • Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform
  • MNS Agriculture University, Multan
  • National Agricultural Research Center (NARC)
  • National Agricultural Research System (NARCS)
  • Neelam Seed Corporation, Multan
  • Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad
  • Pakistan Floor Mills Association
  • PARC-AgroTech Company
  • PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi
  • Provincial Departments of Food, Agriculture and Health
  • Punjab Seed Corporation Resham Seed Corporation,
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN)
  • Shan Seeds, Khanewal
  • Shoaib Seed Corporation, Sukkur
  • Sindh Seed Corporation
  • Tando Adam Seed Corporation
  • Tara Seed, Lahore TASSCO, Tando Allah Yar
  • Trigon Int. Multan
  • University of Agriculture Faisal Abad World Vision
  • 4-Brothers, Lahore


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