A two weeks Training program for paid agriculture graduates internees under the Punjab Government project “Enhancing Productivity in 10 Low Producing Tehsils through Deployment of Fresh Agri. Scientists at Farm Level” commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday.
Total 18 internees including 02 females are attending the training program and after completion of training these graduates will deployed on agriculture farms in Punjab for a period of two crop seasons.
These participants will get training on farm economics and planning, farm mechanization, seeding, planting, harvesting, plant protection machinery, irrigation management, nutrient management, water requirement estimation, irrigation management practices, water productivity and efficiency, high efficiency irrigation, production technology of major crops, plant protection, tunnel farming, post-harvest handling, effective extension services SWOT analysis and business plan of farm, inspiration and behavior change, training of youth initiative app, monitoring/reporting mechanism and customized IT Solution etc.
Addressing the participants Prof. Dr. Qamar Zaman Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR said that strong academia industry linkages, knowledge based economy and innovative thinking are imperative to address the issues of the farming community which ultimately will helpful to alleviate the poverty from the country.
He further said that the greatest challenge in agriculture in Pakistan and regional countries is that the youth is shying away from willingly finding a career in agriculture due to lower returns and fewer opportunities.