FAO Organizes Consultative Workshop To Identify Roadmap For E-agriculture Strategy In Pakistan

FAO organizes consultative workshop to identify roadmap for e-agriculture strategy in Pakistan

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) here on Wednesday organized a two-day consultation workshop to identify a road-map for the e-agriculture strategy in Pakistan.

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Sep, 2018 ) :Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) here on Wednesday organized a two-day consultation workshop to identify a road-map for the e-agriculture strategy in Pakistan.

The initiatives was aiming at to identifying effective and efficient ways for reaching more farmers, transferring knowledge, adaptation to climate change and supporting modernization of Pakistan's agri sector by using the available information and communication technologies. These consultations will lead to the preparation of a framework for providing support in the formulation of national e-agriculture policy for the country that will ensure improvement in livelihoods, food security and value-chain development in the country.

Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research Dr Hashim Popalzai inaugurated the workshop, where as the representatives from the ministries of National Food Security and Research, Climate Change, provincial departments, National Disaster Management Authority, telecommunication companies and private sector stakeholders attended to engaged them in agricultural service development and delivery in the country.

Welcoming participants Ms Min Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan said the workshop will be helpful in exchanging knowledge and experience gained from best practices in the sustainable use of information and communication technologies in agriculture. She also identified available services that can help address the challenges faced by farmers in growing crops, rearing livestock and small-scale fish farmers including e-extension advisories and precision farming techniques.

During the event, the participants also discussed the way forward for improved coordination between various stakeholders to implement sustainable e-agriculture solutions in Pakistan.

Mr Gerard Sylvester from FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and Mr Ismail Shah Area Representative for Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste, International Telecommunication Union attended the workshop.

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