Lahore—An Australian delegation from the Commission for International Agricultural Research visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore’s Ravi Campus Pattoki on Friday. The delegation comprising Commission Chairman Don Heatley, commissioners Mr John Cook, Ms Lucinda Corrigan, Dr Tony Gregson, Ms Catherine Marriot, Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research Chief Executive Officer Dr Nick Austinand others held a meeting with Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and took a round of various farms, clinics and research centers.
The Vice-Chancellor briefed the delegation on the academic, research, extension and community services of the university. He said that the university with close liaison and collaboration with the industry is playing a key role in solution of the farming community problems through its applied research, training, extension and community services.
He said that the UVAS with the support of the USDA has developed a modern Dairy Demonstration and Research Farm housing elite genetics Holstein pregnant heifers from Southern USA to catalyze the transformation of dairy sector from traditional to modern dairy production methods.
He said that the university with the collaboration of private sector has also developed a modern intensive fish culture system unit for research and training of students. Australian-funded Agriculture Sector Linkages Programme Project Manager Dr Hasan Warraich briefed the delegation on the extension models of its dairy project being run in Punjab and Sindh.
The delegation also visited the Compost Unit, Veterinary Clinic and ASLP-supported community cattle farm at Block-A, Dairy Demonstration and Research Farm housing US-imported Holstein cows and sheep and cattle farms at Block-Band Intensive Fish Culture Unit at Block-C and appreciated the modern facilities available there.