The MNS Agricultural University in collaboration with Purdue University USA, organised an international webinar titled: “Possibilities of Organic Farming and the Problems Faced.”
The international webinar was chaired by MNA Agriculture University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Asif Ali while the webinar domestic and foreign agricultural experts and scientists also participated.
The objective of the webinar was to raise awareness about organic farming in the public interest and promote modern trends to avoid the dangers of artificial fertilizers and pesticides and to protect the environment.
Addressing the coin-webinar, Vice Chancellor of the University Prof Dr Asif Ali appreciated the efforts of the Department of Agronomy for the promotion of organic farming.
He said that modern methods of organic farming would bring full benefits to the farmers.
The role of Focal Person in the International Webinar was played by Dr Mudassar Aziz, Lecturer, Department of Agronomy. Dr. Sher Mohammad, Professor, Allama Iqbal Open University, covers the background and efforts of organic farming in Pakistan.
He called for the development of a framework for organic farming at the national level and suggested the establishment of markets at local and national levels. Prof. Dr. Meriam Athmann University of Kassel, Germany reviewed the different periods of organic farming in her country and spoke about the efforts and achievements made in this regard.
He gave a comparative overview of the legal and technical aspects of organic farming in Germany and other European countries.
Nicola Cannon, Royal Agricultural University, England, presented the results of her research on the non-chemical method of herbal countermeasures, emphasizing the importance of machine weeds, mixed cropping methods, cropping methods and detecting the presence of herbs in the field.
Dr. Mohammad Reza Panah from Iran talked about the integrated control of harmful factors in organic farming methods and covered the steps being taken in Iran and around the world with regard to biological methods.
Agricultural experts strongly support the legalization of non-chemical control of harmful factors in organic farming at the regional and international levels.
He urged the organic farmers to carry out farming activities keeping in view the needs and preferences of the consumers and to overcome the difficulties in accessing the markets.
A large number of domestic and foreign participants including the Dean Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Dr. Shafqat Saeed, Dr. Ammar Matool, Dr. Asif Shehzad, Dr. Muqrib Ali, Dr. Khar Mobin, Dr. Shahid and Nabil Ahmed participated in the webinar.