Italian scientists train agriculture experts on using GIS

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

ISLAMABAD: Italian scientists Wednesday started training Pakistani experts on using Geographic Information System (GIS) to integrate olive cultivation in country’s farming system. GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of geographical data and information that refers to earth. The training course is being conducted by Deputy Project Director, Dr. Nasir Mahmood Cheema while Dr. Guiliono Ramat, an Italian GIS Expert, is imparting training to the participants.

Another expert and Italian Director of Project, Dr. Iven Virtuosi, is supporting to equip the participants with skills to use GPS and take positioning data from the fields for developing maps of suitable areas for olive cultivation in all the five provinces and AJK.

“Ultimately goal of this training is to integrate olive cultivation in Pakistani farming system with the help of GIS tools and variety of systems of cultivation which would coexist in the nature,” National Project Director (Olive Production) and Senior Director (Crops) PARC, Dr. Muhammad Munir Goraya said.

Presiding over the training session, at the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) headquarters, he said this training will be beneficial not only for trainees but also to whole olive sector.

He was of the view that this technology will help identify the suitable areas for olive cultivation in Pakistan and review current status of olive orchards in the country.

Munir said PARC is ready to transfer this technology through training of local Pakistani and regional Afghanistan and Nepal scientists as a master trainers to impart the training to their staff in their regions.

It is pertinent to mention here that this training is in continuation and advance stage of previous two trainings conducted by the project with an Italian Expert Dr. Marasco. Courtesy APP


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