February 18, 2013
Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), Agency for Barani Area Development (ABAD) and the International Centre for Agriculture in Dry Areas (ICARDA) will work together for introducing latest technologies in agriculture.
This was decided in a meeting held here among PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, ABAD Director General Tariq Javed Malik and ICARDA Country Representative Dr. Abdul Majeed.
The participants said that this initiative would improve the economic well-being of the farming community and strengthen economy. They stressed on the need for enhancing the outreach activities for educating the farmers in order to increase agricultural productivity of the country.
It was also decided that a model farm with latest agricultural technologies will be established at the PMAS-AAUR Research Farm to give awareness to the farming community to make their ways compatible to the modern practices. All participants agreed to exchange scientists and scientific literature among the institutes. They also emphasised on the need for rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation.
The PMAS-AAUR vice chancellor said that agriculture production could be increased by using mechanised farming instead of traditional methods and university will help the farming community in getting new technologies so that they could increase per acre production.
Ahmad Ali Zafar, additional secretary, Agricultural Department, Government of Punjab, visited PMAS-AAUR and met Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad.
The vice chancellor briefed Ahmad Ali Zafar on the research and development activities of the university. Dr. Niaz Ahmad also informed that university is facing financial problems in order to provide practical training to the farming community and to start new development projects. He hailed the financial support of the Punjab government for projects, which could be helpful to the local farmer community.
The additional secretary said that the Pakistan is facing agricultural productivity challenge due to lack of attention and resources and urged the scientists to develop innovative solutions for the betterment of small farmers.