Our Correspondent Bahawalpur
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Agriculture Jamshed Iqbal Cheema has said that the present government is taking extra-ordinary steps for agricultural development and prosperity of farmers.
Universities have a key role to play in agricultural research which has a pivotal role in increasing productivity and improving the agricultural economy.
The achievements of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur in agricultural research are commendable to other universities.
The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister made the remarks during a meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob at his office today.
He said that the cooperation of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur with the Chinese University in the field of cotton research and intercropping is a significant step.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob briefed him about the ongoing agricultural research project at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, cotton research, supply of cotton seeds in the market and cultivation of maize and soybean in intercropping technology.
He also briefed the Special Assistant on the project of cut flowers, vegetables and fruits projects.
He said that the agricultural research of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur is known all over the country that is why Chinese universities have also made progress for joint projects with the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.
On the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan also joined the meeting and appreciated the agricultural research of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur.
Dr. Muhammad Ali Raza, a post-doctoral student from the University of China, said that intercropping technology is a new experiment in Pakistan, which is a major step forward in increasing food shortages in Pakistan, especially in increasing edible oil production.