ISLAMABAD: As part of the efforts to promote livestock in line with the Korean New Village Movement, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has distributed ten goats among poor villagers on the university’s research farm located in Koont with an aim to augment its scope under a project worth $3.5 million.
The project Pakistan-Korea Capacity Building Centre for Agriculture & Livestock Technology (PKCBC), initiated with the financial support of Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), would generate competition among the villagers who would be able to get more stocks of goats, cows and buffaloes on the basis of their performance.
MNA Raja Javaid Ikhlas was chief guest of the ceremony that was also attended by PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, PKCBC Project Manager Dr Kil Ung Kim, Korean Aid agency members, faculty members and union council nazims and councillors.
Addressing the occasion, the chief guest acknowledged that the availability of water is necessary to promote agriculture and livestock due to which the Punjab government is evaluating a proposal to build 500 small dams in the Potohar region. “The federal government has also announced a project worth Rs 350 billion for the agricultural community, which would usher in a new era of development in the agriculture sector,” he said.
Launching the project to distribute animal heads among the villagers, he said the time has come to put in best efforts to ensure that the country moves in the right direction to alleviate poverty at the grassroots level.
PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad highlighted that university has constructed PKCBC with the help of Korean Aid Agency. He said that the veterinary gradates and faculty of veterinary and animal sciences of the university would extend their services to the villagers in case of any disease and management problem.
“The university is also going to initiate a new project worth Rs 2.5 billion in coordination with the Korean government that would help to improve socio-economic conditions in the area,” he said.
PKCBC Project Manager Dr Kil Ung Kim informed the participants of the ceremony about Korean New Village Movement that is aimed at improving livestock and agriculture sector in coordination with the local people.
Source: Daily Times