Pak-US universities partnership crucial for agricultural transformation: Masood

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Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan said potential areas of cooperation between the agriculture universities of Pakistan and the United States and interventions needed to optimise agricultural yields through the introduction of weather resistant and climate resilient seeds.

Talking to Head of Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland Professor Matthew Hansen in Washington he said recent momentum in Pak-US relations has provided an opportunity to further strengthen Pak-US cooperation in agriculture sector”.

He underlined the need for more research on GMO as well as food and cash crops. He requested Professor Hansen to help develop university to university partnerships to carry out research on advanced crop monitoring in Pakistan.

Professor Hansen said that through a project titled “Global Agricultural Monitoring (GLAM) Project” funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Maryland has provided technical assistance to build the capacity of Pakistani statisticians in the application of remote sensing in crop area estimation. Under the project, the University of Maryland launched research to estimate wheat yield, and subsequently build the capacity of relevant Pakistani institutions.—NNI