Dr. Muhammad Zubair

Personal Information

  • Name: Dr. Muhammad Zubair
  • Born: Pakistan
  • Nationality: Pakistani
  • Institutional Affiliation: Assistant Professor,
    Khushhal Khan Khatak University Karak

 

  • Alma Mater: Ph.D from Dalian University of Technology, China.

Problem Background

The Karak District presents a very high potential for olive industry but it never grew as an olive industry due to local obstacles. The Pakistan Oil Seed Development Board, Agriculture Department, and some donor agencies started olive plantation and top work during 2002. It failed in District Karak due to reservations of the communities about forest conversion into commercial varieties due to fear of deforestation and lack of awareness about the benefits of olive.

Research and Development
Dr. Zubair representing Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak, in collaboration with SMEDA and PODB, revitalized efforts and initiated a comprehensive community mobilization program. The notables from communities, after having exposure visits to edible olive bearing districts, were motivated to start the olive top working in their groves. Olive Pruning and Orchard Management trainings were conducted. This resulted in a very positive change in the community and started demanding olive grafting and plantation. The Agriculture Research GoKP joined and by June 2017, a total of 1000 plants were grafted at Tarki Khel and Speena of District Karak. Till date, 80% success has been reported. Additionally, the olive orchards were initiated and around 1000 plants were planted at Latamber area, Khushal Khan Khattak University, Karak. Plantation at other areas of District Karak are in process.

Economic Impact

The program will, therefore, improve the income level and create more employment opportunities in District Karak. Major program beneficiaries will be the farming community, whose living standards will be improved, resulting in poverty alleviation. Additionally, CPEC is focused and this program will bring a major contribution by exporting olive oil and value addition of different olive products such as green tea, pickles, dry fruits, etc.

Scholarly Impact

  • Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Computer Science and Ex Director ORIC
  • Published 09 research papers and presented in many national and international conferences
  • Technical reviewer of Impact Factor journals
  • Established BIC and ORIC in KKKU