Research Priority Areas (ALP 9th Batch)


  1. Crops
  1. Climate smart crop development especially pulses & oil crops
  2. Development and strengthening of diversification of crops for better income i.e. sesame, corn, moringa, coffee, quinoa etc along with bio resources conservation and utilization
  3. Integrated crop management for sustainable solution of economically important & invasive pests


  1. Horticulture
  1. Development of improved varieties of fruits/ vegetables particularly hybrid seed production initiatives
  2. New innovative technologies for low water requirement fruit trees (nut) like pistachio, olive, almond walnut, Avocado etc. and for saline soil especially pistachio, falsa etc.
  3. Post-harvest losses, value addition


  1. Plant Biotechnology
  1. Rapid multiplication of vegetatively growing crop through tissue culture on commercial scale to reduce import (potato, olive, date-palm, papaya (hybrid)
  2. Gene editing (Crisp-R) for crop improvement
  3. Genomic studies for regulatory purpose (native, proprietary breeder rights, safety, halal)
  1. Development/adaptation and introduction of innovative agricultural mechanization technologies for field and horticultural crops, precision agriculture, livestock sheds and farming machinery
  2. Post-harvest and drying, processing, packaging and storage of agricultural produce (grain, fruit and vegetables)
  3. Use of renewable energy (solar, biomass, biogas and compost) in agriculture
  1. Water Resources Research
  1. Climate change adaptation/mitigation in agriculture and natural resource management
  2. Water conservation, groundwater management, wastewater treatment for reuse in agriculture
  3. Alternative energy technologies in agriculture


  1. Land Resources Research
  1. Integrated plant nutrient management to ensure food security including biofertilizer, composting technology for recycling of crops, animals and agricultural waste materials
  2. Management of salt affected/degraded soils and brackish water
  3. Crop residue management for carbon sequestration, soil health and bio-energy production, agricultural waste management (reuse and byproducts)


  1. Range Management and Forestry
  1. Novel technologies for 10 billion indigenous trees campaign. Climate-smart agro-forestry interventions
  2. Landscape restoration, slope stabilization in hilly areas, bio-diversify conservation of natural vegetation, medicinal plants
  3. Range management, desertification control in arid and semi-arid areas


  1. Honey Bee Research
  1. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of Varroa destructor and Tropilaepas clareae ectoparasitic mites of honeybee including pesticides effects
  2. Conservation, management and sustainable promulgation of Apis cerana & Apis florea and local wild honeybee species. Honeybee breeding, genetics and physiology research, honeybee pollination management
  3. Molecular identification of honeybee species found in Pakistan, exploring gut microbial communities and their potential effect on honeybee health


  1. Animal Health
  1. One health - role of livestock in public health risk analysis, surveillance, prevention and control strategies including Farmer Field Schools (FFS) for animal handlers
  2. Referral diagnostics and strategic surveillance for livestock and avian diseases
  3. National repository of different livestock & avian circulating pathogens and mitigation of trans-boundary animal diseases


  1. Animal Production
  1. Research on the productivity enhancement of small and large ruminants including extinct livestock indigenous breeds
  2. Improvement of production performance of backyard poultry
  3. Development of feedlot fattening model to enhance quality meat/beef production with efficient enhancement of forage/ fodder supply


  1. Animal Biotechnology:
  1. Genomics of native animal gear toward identifying high producing genetic markers
  2. Develop and improve vaccines and other prophylactic measures through biotechnology
  3. Molecular epidemiology of animal diseases


  1. Aquaculture and Fisheries
  1. Culture of high value fish (Tilapia, Cat Fish, Sea Bream etc) including seed development, disease diagnostic, prevention and control strategies
  2. Improvement in cold water aquaculture including feeding technologies for higher fish production
  3. Strengthening of Shrimp Culture in Pakistan (especially seed development)


  1. Agricultural production, diversification, resource conservation climate change and food security
  2. Agricultural value chains, marketing, international trade, food and nutritional security, policy analysis
  3. Livelihood strategies, poverty, rural transformation and gender role in agriculture