Significant Int’l Conference concludes at SU with valuable recommendations to improve agriculture sector in Pakistan

HYDERABAD: The two-day international conference on “Green Revolution Technology and Agricultural Development in South Asia” came to an end at Sindh University Jamshoro with various recommendations to improve agriculture through agrarian reforms in order to cope with the challenges like food security in the country.

The conference chair and director of Sindh University’s Pakistan Study Centre announced to send the recommendations after receiving full research papers from the researchers by end of the prevailing month. The conference was aimed at seeking recommendations from the researchers so that maximum production of different crops could be achieved by utilizing less amount of water in a bid to end the food crisis in Pakistan.

The closing ceremony was held at the Senate Hall of the Vice Chancellor’s Secretariat, which was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor University of Sindh Professor (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro, while Secretary Agriculture Sindh Qazi Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar and Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Nadeem-ur-Rehman graced the occasion as special guests. On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Carolina Quiuntomo Vellos hailing from the School of Alvito, Portugal, Director Pakistan Study Center Prof. Dr. Shuja Ahmed Mahesar and a large number of researchers, scholars and presenters from different universities of the country participated in the conference.

Addressing the closing ceremony, SU Vice-Chancellor Professor (Meritorious) Dr Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro said that he was happy that the international conference ended with valuable recommendations, while he was also elated to see participation of two bureaucrats of the provincial government as the special guest at the event who were the alumni of SU. He said that the Secretary Agriculture had told him that when he took charge of the post two months ago, he had noticed that the agricultural machinery including threshers purchased a year and a half ago were standing only because their prices could not be fixed but he handed over the same to the peasants and farmers in different areas on merit within a week.

He said that sunlight was available in Sindh for at least 10 hours, therefore, the tube wells on the solar system could be installed, so that the maximum yields could be achieved from the fertile lands.

Dr Kalhoro further said that there was acute water shortage and crises of electricity in Pakistan at present so it was necessary to save water and use it carefully so that our agricultural needs might be met.
He said that the Secretary Agriculture had informed him that the Sindh government had announced to provide solar panels on subsidy for running tube wells in agricultural lands and that his department had invited applications till May 17.

He urged the farmers and landlords to submit applications in this regard so that they could get solar systems at subsidized rates from the government.

Sindh Agriculture Secretary Qazi Aijaz Ahmad Mahesar said that a revolution would be brought in the agricultural sector in the province and agricultural machinery and technology would be provided to the farmers and peasants.

He said that agricultural water should be distributed according to the demand of crops adding that PhD holders in the field were making supplications to cling on to administrative posts instead of conducting research in their agricultural sector.
The Commissioner Hyderabad Division, Nadeem-ur-Rehman said that the University of Sindh land will be handed over to it after removal of encroachments.

He said that Sindh was currently facing 62% water shortage but after 20 to 25 days, the situation will return to normalcy, adding that it had been decided to deploy Rangers on canals and water courses to ensure uninterrupted supply of water to all farmers including that of tail-end.

Director Pakistan Study Center Prof. Dr. Shuja Ahmad Mahesar said that the conference titled Green Revolution Technology and Agriculture Development in South Asia had been held for the first time in Pakistan, in which the recommendations that came ahead will soon be sent to the provincial and federal government for formulation of policies to ameliorate the agriculture sector in the country.

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