Use of IT can enhance agri crops: speakers


January 10, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Use of Information Technology (IT) can help enhance agricultural production and is need of the hour. Dr Muhammad Imtiaz country representative of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to Pakistan during a workshop at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) on role of information and communication technology (ICT) in agricultural production and its challenges for technology transfer in Pakistan said keeping in view the cultural and social constraints tools of latest ICT should be reached to female farmers which were majority of the farming community.

He stressed young and educated people should adopt the farming profession because they were more convenient to use IT for enhancing agricultural production.

Dr Babar Shahbaz project manager said role of ICT in agriculture sector has emerged as most important factor for agriculture development to enhance per acre yield.

He emphasised use of information technology in the agriculture sector has increased average yield manifold in developed countries and adoption of ICT techniques to spread useful agriculture information to farming community could have huge impact on agriculture production in Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Arif district officer agriculture Rawalpindi said although agriculture extension services were available for farming community at union council and village level but increase in farmer population has made it more important to use information technology to reach large number of farmers within limited time period.

He said agriculture was the backbone of country and proper and timely use of latest agricultural information regarding sowing times of crops, proper harvesting times and other agronomic and environmental conditions were very much helpful to enhance per acre yield of crops. Daily Times

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