To provide quality information and analyse plant diseases, pest management and nutrient deficiencies, National Entomological Reference Laboratory Plant Pathology Laboratory and Entomological Entrepreneurship Hub inaugurated at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi.
A ceremony was organized in this regard by the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at PMAS-AAUR. University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz Zaman was the chief guest while Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fayyaz-ul-Hassan sahi, Dean Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem, Chairpersons, faculty members and research students were also present on the occasion.
NEL laboratory will not only research but also support malaria/dengue control programs with mosquito surveillance, directing insecticide applications, insecticides resistance monitoring, and mapping of potential disease-causing mosquitoes.
Plant Pathology laboratory aims to conduct research on different aspects for the identification and integrated management of plant diseases while EEH empower youth by providing a place to explore and develop business ideas linking with market, companies and micro finance institutions.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman, while addressing, said agricultural productivity can be boosted only by adopting modern technologies. He was of the view that the country’s agricultural production can only be enhanced by educating the farming community about better management and latest practices.