Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and Planning and Development (P&D) Department, Government of Punjab organized a consultative meeting for prioritizing initiatives/proposals for annual development program (ADB) 2017-18, here on Monday at the University main campus.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR while Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, member production sector wing (PSW) of P&D departmnet, Dr. Ashraf, Agriculture Chief P&D, Dr. Abdul Saboor, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences PMAS-AAUR, representatives of different departments of Punjab government including Extension, Agri. Engineering, Water management, Agri. Marketing, Financial institutes, ABAD, BARI, ICARDA, SAWCRI, PARB, PERI, and NGOs were also present on the occasion.
Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad in his opening remarks thanked the initiatives of the P&D for setting priority areas of agriculture Research and Development (R&D) particularly for the agriculture of Barani region. He said the University would offer all out efforts and professional platform for pursuing research being defined by planning and development Department. Dr. Niaz briefed the success stories of the university in rain water harvesting, hydroponics, pond formation, entrepreneurial activities of the students. He desired to make the university a world class institution of best learning by doing.
Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad pointed out that they are interested to look into the issues associated to input, output and marketing of agriculture sector. He said that the government is interested in following the Rule of 20-80 in which by making an investment of Rs20 we would be willing to reap the benefit worth of Rs80. He also focused on optimal utilization of agricultural resources.
Dr. Ashraf, Agriculture Chief, P&D Department discussed the main purpose of the government initiatives in the framework of New Economic Growth.