A two-day Youth Festival was organized at Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Chakwal with the aim of introducing youth to modern agricultural technology and agribusiness opportunities in collaboration with public and private institutions.
Addressing the inaugural function Principal Scientist, Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal Muhammad Rafiq Dogar, said that there was a huge potential for development in the agriculture sector.
Young people are the capital of the nation and they can make profits in this sector by adopting modern agricultural production technology.
The purpose of the two-day festival is also to encourage the youth to join this sector and use their potential to the fullest.
He further said that BARI, Chakwal has so far distributed 2 million olive plants among the farmers to translate this area into olive valley and olive growers in the area are also benefiting from the existing factory for extraction of olive oil.
High value crop cultivation is being promoted and in this regard the institute is continuing its research activities. This coveted institute is also working for imparting training of farmers and especially the youth.
He further said that this Youth Festival is one of them. This is because the younger generation is more capable of adopting modern agricultural technology.
An exhibition was also organized on the occasion of this festival in which various stalls have been set up. Fruits, vegetables and other high value crops and their products are on display at these stalls.
In addition, stalls of modern agricultural machinery have also been set up. A large number of college and university students and other youth are visiting these stalls and getting information.
Talking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Chakwal Muhammad Bilal Hashim said that this festival will prove a blessing for youth in the long run. This two-day olive festival will come to an end tomorrow.