FAISALABAD – The Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Prof. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that agrarian organizations must unite to work together for the development of the agricultural sector. He was addressing the closing session of the 7th Four-Week Training Workshop on Financial and Administrative Management and E-Governance for Civil Servants and Management of Punjab Department of Agriculture (Research Wing) at UAF as the main guest. The workshop was organized by the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC).
Prof. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said the agriculture sector faces different challenges including low productivity, traditional way of cultivation, climate change, dwindling water resources, marketing issues and others. He said fertile farmland is being converted into residential settlements, posing a serious threat to food security. He said the university has developed a strategy to further improve research work. He said the university is strengthening its ties with agricultural experts and scientists around the world.
ORIC UAF Director Dr. Zahir Ahmad Zahir called for promoting the latest trend to improve productivity. He said UAF is leading the research project worth billions of rupees which will come up with viable solutions to the various problems in agriculture. He urged agricultural scientists to find local solutions to farmers’ problems with the realities on the ground in mind.
Umar Saeed Qadri said that a trained and skilled workforce is a prerequisite to face the challenges of the modern world. He added that the course of the workshop was planned keeping in mind the challenges and the latest tools and practices to improve the working efficiency of the participants.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed said 62 officials were giving training during the 7th workshop. He said that all possible measures are being taken for the development of agriculture which will open new avenues of development and prosperity for the country.