Dr. Zahoor Ahmad, First Chairman of the Asian Cotton R & D Network Died Due to COVID-19
Apr 30, 2021

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Dr. Zahoor Ahmad suffered from COVID-19 for over two weeks and died in a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 20, 2021. Dr. Ahmad was the founding Chairman of the Asian Cotton Research & Development Network, established in June/July 1999.  Dr. Ahmad was Director of the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Pakistan when he hosted a Regional Consultation on Insecticide Resistance Management in Cotton. The Consultation resulted in the formation of the Network, one of the strongest among the four Networks supported by the ICAC.

Dr. Ahmad was an entomologist by training. He received his Ph.D. from the Washington State University in the early 1970s and started his career in pest control on cotton at the Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Pakistan.  He became Director of the Institute in 1979 where he served for almost 30 years. Being aware of the consequences of the insecticide use, Dr. Ahmad was one of the first to promote IPM in Pakistan. He had a high reputation as a person of new ideas and worked hardly on the containment of insecticide use in Pakistan. The Multan Institute was comparatively a new institute when he took over in the late 1970s but he led the institute to one of the most prestigious mono crop multidisciplinary research center in the country and abroad. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations hired him to implement a pest control project in Myanmar in 1981, later the FAO moved him to Africa. He worked for the FAO for about five years. Dr. Ahmad attended many meetings of the ICAC.

After retirement he kept him busy and got involved in the seed industry, particularly planting seed of cotton. He was still working as General Manager of a seed company based in Lahore. GOD bless his soul.

M. Rafiq Chaudhry

Former Head, Technical Information Section of the ICAC (1991-2017)

2 Comments

Terry Townsend
Jul 9, 2021

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Zahoor. He was a great supporter of ICAC and a strong advocate for international cooperation in all fora. He was a strong administrator and supported the technical and policy work of ICAC. Beyond his professional capacities, he was a man of integrity and a very good friend.

Fiaz Ahmad
May 2, 2021

Aameen! Thank you very much Dr Rafiq for the nice words about Dr. Zahoor Ahmad. When I joined CCRI, Multan in 2001, he was then Director of the Institute. Felt very proud working under his leadership, although it was just one year when he got retired in 2002. He was a great human being, a scientist, and a leader as well. Certainly, it is a great loss for the cotton community.