Cereal crops Research Institute is situated on the left bank of Kabul River, near the village Pirsabak, Nowshera. Three (3) km on the East from Nowshera and (8) Km from Risalpur. Its elevation is 288 meters (945 Ft) and is located at the intersection of longitude 740 E and latitude 320 N. In 1955, this institute started research work as “HYBRID MAIZE FARM” when it was handed over to Agriculture Department from the Evacuee property (Auqaf) Department.
In 1972, it was upgraded to “MAIZE AND MILLET” RESEARCH STATION. In 1980, it became a full-fledged research institute as “CEREAL CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE”. The total area of the institute is 437 acres. This is the only commodity institute in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and is considered the Centre of Excellence for wheat and maize in the province.
This institute is consisting of six units namely,
- Wheat Breeding
- Maize Breeding
- Maize Agronomy
- Soil Chemistry
The Cereal Crops Research Institute (CCRI), Pirsabak, Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been serving the Province and ultimately Country in boosting Cereal Crops production primarily focusing on Wheat and Maize production since 1958. The institute focuses on the development of small grain cereal germplasm with improved quality and wide adaptability. The institute also has the privilege of developing maize hybrids in the Public Sector for the first time that are benefiting the poor farming communities of the Province. In addition to this, the institute staff plays an active part in graduate/post-graduate research in scientific cooperation with Provincial/National Universities, the practical introduction of scientific results, and technical knowledge.
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