Three days (June 27-29, 2018) international conference on Training and Capacity Building in Sustainable Agricultural Water Management to Address Food Security and Social Instability in Pakistan commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).
The objective of the training was to increase food productivity and security in context of local, regional and economic development of Pakistan using the different and new techniques to harvest, store and use runoff water for the sustainable agricultural water management.
The inaugural session of the conference was chaired by Prof. Dr Sarwat N. Mirza, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR while the Italian Ambassador H.E. Stefano Pontecorvo was chief guest. The session was attended by foreign delegates, researchers, scholars, farmers, mid-level government policy makers, extension agents in the field of environment, agriculture & natural resources, faculty members and a large numbers of students.
The Ambassador of Italy Stefano Pontecorvo, showed his very commitment to continue the project and expressed his interest for the assistance in the field of water rationalization through Italian Pakistan Partnership.
According to him Pakistan has issue of water management instead of non-availability also agricultural water management is the one very effective way to dealt with the enormously diminishing level of water and suggested the correct water management practices and awareness programmes on the usage of water in order to cope with the dilemma.
He also lauded the efforts of the whole team for the achievement of desired objectives and for the socio-economic uplift of agriculture in Pakistan expressed his every support and assistance.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Sarwat N. Mirza stressed the need of managing the country’s water resources in a more efficient, equitable and sustainable way to meeting agricultural production challenges, including increasing agricultural productivity and adapting to climate change and said, “Water management is central to Pakistan’s agriculture; and Despite significant development in raising irrigation efficiency, low agricultural water productivity is still one of the key issues challenging water use sustainability and food security in Pakistan.”