UAF’s bifurcation to tarnish agriculture development: FAP President

September 25, 2013

Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP)
Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP)

Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) President Dr Tariq Bucha, while expressing his concerns over the proposal of bifurcation of University of Agriculture Faisalabad, said the move would tarnish the agricultural development process. He stated this while presiding over the FAP Executive Body meeting here on Tuesday.

He said Indian Punjab had also adopted the Lyallpur model, which made tremendous agricultural progress in the shape of education, research and increase in agricultural productivity. But, in Pakistan, conspiracies are being hatched to split the UAF into two universities. He demanded of the government to take note of the bifurcation and make ensure to conclude the move. The UAF should remain intact that is in the vital interest of the country and for the agricultural sector, which is backbone of our economy, he added.

Dr Tariq Bucha said admissions were being given in UAF on district quota system to the students hailing from rural under-developed areas, helping in collaborated efforts for the uplift of the said sector. He said the agricultural college was made the University in 1961. Then the research and extension were separated from the university which, he termed, a mistake and hurdle to get the full fruits of uplift in the agricultural sector. He also urged the government to provide more funds for the development of the university which has been ranked among 150 best universities of the globe.

The members of the executive body briefed about the reservations of the farming community over the plan of splitting UAF. They also urged the civil society to raise their concerns on the issue so that the UAF, mother of All Agricultural Universities in subcontinent, will remain intact. Courtesy Business Recorder

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