Directorate of Agricultural Information, Punjab
21-Sir Agha Khan III Road, Lahore. Tel: 042-99200729, 99200731, Fax: 042-99202911
LAHORE, 2nd February, 2013: Latest available facilities must be used to transfer agricultural technology to the farmers and in this context text messaging service should be used. This was stated by Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Secretary Agriculture Punjab while addressing Deans of different faculties and agricultural scientists at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He said that Govt. has provided numerous facilities to the growers to augment agricultural production and there is dire need to inform the farmers about these facilities. He exhorted agricultural scientists to develop scientific model so that latest agricultural technology could be transmitted to the growers in the most simple and precise manner. He highlighted the importance of balanced use of fertilizer and told that Govt. has provided the facilities of soil testing at district level in the whole province of Punjab and efforts are being made to extend this facility at tehsil level. He stressed the need for promoting cooperation among the farmers, agricultural research scientists and extension workers. He appreciated the efforts of university scientists for bringing the UAF at high ranking among world universities. He promised to provide necessary financial assistance to the UAF for achieving highest spot at international level as it is beneficial for the UAF as well as for the country. Secretary Agriculture, Punjab emphasized the importance of judicious use of inputs particularly water and said that water management technology could be acquired from foreign countries like Australia.
Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad briefed the Secretary Agriculture about the academic activities and achievements of UAF. He informed that in Pakistan 79 universities are working in public sector among which 7 are agricultural universities. He told that in next 5 years university would provide facilities to 20,000 students whereas planning is being made to extend educational facilities to 30,000 students in future. He said that lack of infrastructure is main obstacle in accommodating more students but this problem has been solved with the latest technology. He informed that 100 short courses have been started in the university and in the last 4 years 15 new degree programmes have also been added. Many research programmes are in operation with the co-operation of foreign countries and exchange programmes with other countries are continuously expanding. He informed that the number of students enrolling for Ph.D this year has doubled and in the next 4 years university will be able to prepare 200 Ph.D scientists annually. Dr. Rashid Ahmad, Director General Agriculture (Research) (Retd.) informed the meeting about his research project. He told that under this project university scientists have prepared a model which have depicted district wise fertilizer requirements of all crops in Punjab province through a website. He highlighted the importance of using balanced and required amount of fertilizers in order to increase agricultural production and reducing production cost.