Smart and precision agri techniques needed to overcome food security


An international seminar entitled “smart agriculture to optimize fields inputs and add value to yield” was held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi on Friday.

The speakers, addressing the seminar, said that smart and precision agriculture techniques are the need of the hour to overcome food security in Pakistan.

Dalhousie University Canada, Scientist Dr. Ahmad Ali Mallahi was the chief guest while PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman was the guest of honor. Faculty Members, researchers and a large number of students attended the seminar.

Speakers also stressed on the need to adopt smart & precision agriculture technologies to enhance the potential for higher yields, boosting food security and sustainability.

While addressing Dr Mallahi said that the agricultural sector could enhance productivity by maximizing profits, reducing labour and standardizing systems.

He was of the view that there is dire need to develop systems, whether sensing or actuating systems, to be scalable so that they can be applied in different scenarios.” Dr. Mallahi also stressed on industry academia collaborative efforts to develop innovative technologies to overcome food security issues.

Dr. Zaman said that developing agriculture sector on modern lines has become the need of the hour because without involving smart techniques Pakistan can never achieve its goal towards food security and to improve crop quality & profitability, he said.