Researchers Should Come Up With Viable Policy Solutions: Mahmood

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Researchers should come up with viable policy solutions: Mahmood

FAISALABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : Punjab Agriculture Secretary Muhammad Mahmood on Wednesday said agricultural researchers should come up with viable policy solutions to different problems being faced by the sector.

He was speaking at a joint meeting of Steering Committee and Council for Research and Policy at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). The meeting was organized by US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies (USPCAS), Agriculture and Food Security, UAF and was co-chaired by former speaker National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam whereas UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan also addressed the meeting.

The secretary said the agriculture sector was facing problems, including low productivity, water scarcity, soil, decreasing agriculture land and marketing issue. He said awareness must be created among the farming community about modern agro based technologies.

Fakhar Imam called for joint efforts to address problems of the agricultural sector, including water irrigation, and quality of agriculture components as soil and seed. He said major components for a successful agriculture included farmer land, labour, technology and water.

Vice Chancellor UAF Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said to improve the agriculture sector we must train farmers and there should be knowledge-based agriculture. He said water, energy and food security must be developed in which production, processing, storage and distribution be promoted.

Vice Chancellor, Lasbaila University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Baluchistan Dr Dost Muhammad Baloch said there should be training courses for farmers, growers, live-stock and other agriculture related courses for farmers.