Rawalpindi—Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada Monday visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The Minister in a meeting with PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad emphasized the need of rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation to solve the problems regarding water scarcity.
He also stressed that there was a need of capacity building programmes to promote water management system and urged the young scientists to come up with innovative solutions to the issues being faced by nation in current scenario.
He appreciated the efforts of PMAS-AAUR being made regarding latest techniques of water management to make barren lands productive.
It was also decided that PMAS-AAUR and Pakistan Sports Board will sign MoU in the area of rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, and landscape of sport’s areas in the federal capital.
Furthermore, Federal Minister was briefed about the efforts of Punjab government to improve water management for irrigation and crop-water productivity. Earlier, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR, highlighted the need of water resource management and assured full cooperation of PMAS-AAUR.
He recommended that it was time to increase investments in water reservoirs; improve water management, irrigation and crop cultivation; introduce rainwater harvesting and launch of mass awareness campaigns.
The VC pointed out that farm water management was the key area that must be addressed in efforts to improve the agricultural sector adding that government should work to address this concern.