Sec­re­tary Agri­cul­ture vis­its PMAS-AAUR IHS

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RAWALPINDI—Pun­jab Sec­re­tary Agri­cul­ture Muham­m­mad Mah­mood vis­ited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agri­cul­ture Univer­sity Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) indige­nous Hy­dro­ponic Sys­tem at Rawat. While vis­it­ing, he sug­gested to spread the 21st cen­tury agri­cul­ture to farm­ers level. He also ap­pre­ci­ated con­sis­tent hard work of univer­sity to indige­nous this very ex­pen­sive tech­nol­ogy to the adopt­able level of our farm­ing com­mu­nity. His em­pha­sis was on wa­ter con­cern to save Pak­istan agri­cul­ture was ap­pre­ci­ated by the vice chan­cel­lor and promised to give full co-oper­a­tion from univer­sity.

Ear­lier, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ah­mad briefed the Sec­re­tary that Agri­cul­ture Hy­dro­pon­ics is latest tech­nique to pro­duce safe, nu­tri­tious, de­li­cious and high qual­ity veg­eta­bles. Hy­dro­pon­ics prod­ucts have enor­mous nu­tri­tional value and taste fresh be­cause they are grown in healthy en­vi­ron­ment, he added. He said that a con­ven­tional farmer gets 56 tonnes yield of veg­eta­bles from per acre of land while a pro­gres­sive farmer can yield 12-15 tonnes through tun­nel farm­ing. He fur­ther stated that but we (Arid Univer­sity) are yield­ing 300 tonnes per acre at this Rawat farms through hy­dro­ponic sys­tem.

Sec­re­tary Agri­cul­ture Muham­mad Mah­mood also had a meet­ing with DDO, and EDOs of Wa­ter Man­age­ment of Rawalpindi re­gion. He along with Vice Chan­cel­lor Arid Agri­cul­ture shared dif­fer­ent op­tions to im­prove wa­ter pro­duc­tion as well as wa­ter stor­age by rain wa­ter har­vest­ing in Po­to­har and pre-moun­tain ar­eas. Sec­re­tary agri­cul­ture shared with all wa­ter man­age­ment team that CM Pun­jab Mina Shah­baz Sharif is very willing to com­plete the en­tire agri­cul­ture scheme well in time and pack­age of Rs 100 bil­lion would be spent dur­ing next two years for the de­vel­op­ment of agri sec­tors and pros­per­ity of farm­ers and such pro­grammes would be evolved to di­rectly ben­e­fit the farm­ers.

He also directed a team headed by Vice Chan­cel­lor to ar­range a farmer con­fer­ence as con­cern about high ef­fi­ciency ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and pre­pare rec­om­men­da­tions to ad­dress prob­lems if any hap­pen­ing to pro­mote the sys­tem on fast­track was also de­cided dur­ing dis­cus­sion on-farm wa­ter man­age­ment of­fi­cers that the grad­u­ate stu­dents of agri­cul­ture should be trained for PCPS to in­volve passed out stu­dents in en­trepreneur­ship of this big ini­tia­tive of the govern­ment as well as to un­der the PM (in­tern­ship scheme). He also con­sti­tuted a committee of Vice Chan­cel­lor Arid Agri­cul­ture Univer­sity, Di­rec­tor Wa­ter Man­age­ment and So­lar Com­pany to pre­pare a full pack­age for small farm­ers to ad­dress his liveli­hood by smart agri­cul­ture.

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