AIP to launch work­ing pa­per on pro­duc­tive use of ICT

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

Shell Busi­ness Op­er­a­tions in the Global Real Es­tate func­tion with Royal Dutch Shell.

He joined Shell in 1997 and has held sev­eral se­nior lead­er­ship roles in Down­stream Op­er­a­tions, in Pakistan and in­ter­na­tion­ally within the Group, with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in Re­tail.

Shell is one of the old­est multi­na­tion­als and largest in­ter­na­tional oil com­pany in Pakistan with a net­work of al­most 800 fuel sta­tions across the coun­try. It is also the largest Lu­bri­cants Mar­ket­ing Com­pany and the sec­ond largest jet-fuel sup­plier. IS­LAM­ABAD—CIMMYT through the Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion Pro­gram (AIP) for Pakistan has planned to launch a Work­ing Pa­per on the pro­duc­tive use of In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) based agri­cul­tural ex­ten­sion sys­tem in Pakistan for the bet­ter­ment of our farm­ers. This was stated by Abid Javed, Sec­re­tary, MNFS&R while ad­dress­ing on the oc­ca­sion of Work­ing Pa­per Launch Cer­e­mony Or­ga­nized by AIP for Pakistan at NARC, Is­lam­abad.

He said that we have to de­velop trust for end user / small farmer to­wards new tech­nolo­gies. We should en­sure the pros­per­ity at grass root level. He said that we will come up with solutions of prob­lems faced by farmer. He said that in this era of tech­nol­ogy, use of ICT tool has im­proved ef­fi­ciency of agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment across the globe. This is the right time to adapt and make use of ICT to pro­mote agri­cul­ture sec­tor de­vel­op­ment in Pakistan as agri­cul­ture is the life­line of Pakistan’s econ­omy.

Our pro­duc­tiv­ity is very low and there are huge yield gaps yet to be ad­dressed. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Chair­man PARC, Dr. Nadeem Am­jad said that PARC is play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant/vi­tal role for agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. He said that liveli­hoods of the world’s poor rise and fall with the fate of agri­cul­ture.

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