Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture
|Formation||April 26, 1982|
|Type||Industrial and Scientific research|
|Purpose||Agriculture Industrialization and Food irradiation|
|English and Urdu|
|Affiliations||Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission|
The Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture, known as NIFA, is one of four agriculture and food irradiation research institute managed by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. The institute is tasked to carry out research in Crop production and protection, soil fertility, water management and conservation and value addition of food resources, employing nuclear and other contemporary techniques.
NIFA was the brainchild of Ishrat Hussain Usmani, bureaucrat and chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, however due to economic difficulties, the plans were not carried out until the 1980s. In 1982, Munir Ahmad Khan led the establishment of the institute and its first director was Abdul Rashid who revolutionized the institute.
A library was opened in 1990, and recently, the institute has acquired 75 acres of land at CHASNUPP-I site.