Pakistan and agricultural scientists should explore new
12 April, 2013
Lahore: Agriculture growth is imperative to alleviate poverty in Pakistan and agricultural scientists should explore new ideas to cope with new challenges faced by agriculture sector. This was stated by Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture, Faisalabad while addressing participants of 3rd International Conference of Pakistan Society of Agronomy held at AARI, Faisalabad.
Two day conference was arranged by Pakistan Society of Agronomy and prominent agricultural scientists within country and abroad attended the conference. The conference with a theme of “Achieving the goal of self sufficiency in agricultural productivity was aimed at achieving sustainable crop productivity.
Dr. Abdul Majid Country Manager, ICARDA, Islamabad in his address elucidated the numerous challenges faced by agriculture sector. He emphasized the need to find new approaches to mitigate ill effects of climatic changes. He said that present cropping systems are exhausting rapidly and new cotton patterns must emerge to improve soil fertility and control of pests.
The scientists must introduce new techniques to increase water use efficiency he added and stated that new techniques of crop sowing save water upto 40 percent. Solar operated supplemental irrigation system must be introduced to avert energy crises he said. Dr. Nazir Hussain Shah, Director General Agricultural Research, Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa in his address stressed the need of strengthening co-operation among the scientists of different provinces as well as agricultural research institutions to increase quality of research.
Dr. Abid Mahmood, Director Cotton Research Institute, Faisalabad in his address informed that AARI scientists have developed new varieties of crops, fruits and vegetables with tremendous yield potential and better agronomic practices should be adopted to realize this immense potential.
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Akram, President Pakistan Society of Agronomy in his address highlighted the importance of ensuring food security for ever increasing population. He said that objective of food security and goal of sustainable crop productivity could be achieved with tackling problems, like climatic changes, pesticide resistance, water scarcity and reducing production costs.
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