Barani tract comprises 3.10 million hectares out of total 11.83 million hectares under cultivation in Punjab. It is further characterized by different ecological zones depending upon soil type and rainfall pattern. Whole of the Attock, Rawalpindi, Jhelum and Chakwal districts and  parts of Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Khushab, Mianwali, Jhang, Bhakkar, Layyah, D.G.Khan and Rajanpur districts are included in the Punjab Barani Tract. There are many issues faced while jeopardizing the feed and food security.


The main objectives of the institute are:

  • Development of high yielding, drought tolerant and disease resistant crop varieties of cereals, food legumes, oilseeds, fodders and fruits

  • Standardization of appropriate production technology for field and fruit crops

  • Production of breeders, basic and certified seed

  • Propagation of true to type fruit plants

  • Introduction of tunnel technology for off-season vegetables

  • Introduction of high efficiency irrigation systems to increase yield per unit of water

  • Evaluation of water conservation techniques and to increase cropping intensity in the barani areas

  • Transfer of modern crop production technology to the farming community through farmer’s day, electronic and print media

  • Collection, maintenance and evaluation of germplasm of different crops for utilization in hybridization programme