Agri scientists need to develop food for ample stock varieties

Faisalabad—All available resources would be utilized for establishment of Lyallpur Science City or Knowledge Park in the city. This was stated by Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana while chairing 43rd Syndicate meeting of of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here Thursday.
Addressing the meeting he said that economy of Pakistan was mostly based on agriculture and the government was giving maximum incentives to this sector. He said that agriculture land was reducing day by day, so the agri scientists should develop such varieties which could give maximum yield to meet food requirements of increasing population
In present scenario of climate changes and reducing fertile land, although it is an uphill task for the government to fulfill food requirements, yet the government is committed to resolve this issue on priority basis.
He said that cotton was a precious crop which was playing vital role in stabilizing national economy and urged the scientists to develop new cotton varieties having more resistance against diseases, climate changes and water shortage.
Governor expressed concern over shortage of able and qualified teaching staff in public sector universities and said that a new strategy was being evolved to overcome this issue.
UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar in his welcome address highlighted the achievements of the university and said that agri scientists of UAF were working at various research projects costing Rs.2.5 billion. He said that UAF is the only university in Pakistan which had completed maximum research projects. Now its scientists are working on a new cotton variety which would give bumper production in minimum time.
Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar urged the women to play their role in socio-economic uplift with the tool of education, skills and their rights in order to compete with the world.—APP

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