Punjab Agriculture University Lodhana, India and University of Agriculture Faisalabad will enhance their cooperation in the field of agriculture in order to flourishing the sector of the neighboring countries. In this regard, nine-member delegation of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad headed by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan visited Punjab Agriculture University Lodhana, India and attended the Alumni meeting. In the five-day visit, the delegation also visited the Chandargarh and witnessed various places of landscaping, floriculture, and orchards of citrus and other horticultural crops.
Group photo of UAF delegation with their Indian hosts
The delegation comprised National Institute of Food Science and Technology Director General Prof Dr Faqeer Mohammad Anjum, Department of Farm Machinery Chairman Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal, Institute of Horticulture Science Director Prof Dr Amjad Aulak, Institute of Business Administration Director Prof Dr Khalid Mustafa, Prof Dr Hafiz Abdul Qayum, Public Relation and Publication and Information Technology Resource Centre and Databank Principal Officer Prof Dr Muhammad Jalal Arif, Executive Director Industries Muhammad Mushtaq and Prof Dr Muhammad Waqas.
In the meeting, they discussed the new avenue of cooperation. At the alumni meeting, the delegation discussed the issues of mutual concerns, relating to wheat, rice, sugarcane, cotton, maize and other crops. They also threw light on the academic programmes, research and development and outreach programmes.
Both sides showed intend and agreed to boost up the bilateral relations in the field of agriculture. They also discussed the areas where they have to expedite the efforts with the help of each other experiences. They also stressed the need to set up the Technology Park across the borders so that each other can learn from other experience, helping create the competitive environments at both sides. They also agreed to cultivate new varieties of various crops near the border in a bid to increasing technology transfer. They also discussed the new avenue of trade between the two countries after declaring India Most Favorite Country. UAF Vice Chancellor called for more cementing the ties between the agriculture especially in the field of agriculture as the both sides enjoy same atmosphere soil structure and the similarity in the language and culture. They delegation also witnessed the ITRM, Molecular Biology Lab, Pesticide laboratories and others
They also acknowledged success stories of Pakistani citrus, seedless Kinow and cotton productivity as well as Indian’s wheat.
Prof Dr Muhammad Jalal Arif urged the Pakistani scientists to learn from the experiences of India in mechanized agricultural implements that are more effective and low cost. He called for developing and promoting such technologies in Pakistan in a bid to boosting up the sector.
Prof Dr Amjad Aulak discussed the collaboration landscape and horticulture while Dr Faqir Mohammad Anjum talked about avenue in food technology in the future. Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal throws light on the agricultural machinery and called for increasing cooperation in it.