Directorate of Agricultural Information, Punjab
LAHORE March,12 2013: Steps taken by Punjab Govt. and latest agricultural technology developed by agricultural scientists have contributed significantly in increasing agricultural production in general and wheat production in particular.
This was stated by Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Minister for Agriculture Punjab while presiding over 37th meeting of senate of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. The minister is also Pro-Chancellor of the university presided the meeting on behalf of Governor of Punjab. The senate members and Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad also attended the meeting.
The minister for Agriculture stressed the need for developing agriculture and livestock sectors in order to ensure food security for ever increasing population of the country. He informed that Punjab Govt. has taken concrete steps to develop agriculture sector and the small farmers have been provided tractors and agricultural implements on subsidized rates to enhance agricultural production.
The minister stated that in Punjab province majority of the farmers possess small land holding which are un-economical and require specific technological package. He asked the scientists to offer solid recommendations to increase production of small farmers and solve their problems.
The minister said that in order to meet new challenges agricultural research strategies should be changed. He said that water scarcity, energy crisis, defective marketing system, improving quality of agriculture produce and introducing value addition are some of major problems faced by agriculture sector. Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, lauded the role of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad for fulfilling requirements of trained manpower for developing agriculture sector.
He said that University of Agriculture, Faisalabad is recognized world vide for its educational and research achievements. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in his address informed about the facilities provided by UAF for the people of remote areas and established university campuses at T.T. Singh and Burewala to fulfill educational requirements of these areas. He also informed that Range Management and Forest College has been approved at Layyah. He told that at present 13000 students are studying at the University and the university building has capacity for admitting 30000 students. He informed that at present 400 Ph.D teachers are imparting education to the students. He informed that on excellent performance of UAF Islamic Development Bank awarded prize to the university in 2012.
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