PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that new scientific research and application of modern technologies in agriculture sector are behind the success of developed economies.
In this regard, he said, Pakistan Academy for Rural Development Peshawar is striving hard to create awareness among the farmers’ community in the country regarding modern agro research and scientific techniques through interaction with scientists and experts and sharing of experiences with other farmers who have come from every nook and corner of the country.
He made these remarks while inaugurating the 7th Farmers Convention here at Pakistan Academy for Rural Development Peshawar on Monday. Director General of the Academy Nighat Mehroz delivered the welcome speech on the occasion.
The convention will continue for three days, in which more than 150 both male and female farmers from the four provinces, Giligit Baltistan, Kashmir and FATA are participating. The Governor said that farmers’ convention will help in the promotion of scientific farming in the country.
He maintained that agriculture sector contributed up to 21 percent to Pakistan’s GDP and about 45 percent of the people were being benefitted from the sector which makes it as the epicenter of all our socio-economic activities.
But unfortunately, we have been lagging behind the other countries in per acre yield.” We have to shift our focus from traditional ways to modern means of agriculture if we are to enhance our production and exports” the Governor added.
The governor further said that climatic changes are posing a gigantic threat to the entire world and we will have to take necessary steps to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
The governor offered all possible support to the farmers for resolving their problems with support of the federal government.
Director General Nighat Mehroz, while highlighting the role of Academy, said that the institution is conglomerate of Provincial Services Academy, National Institute of Management and Pakistan Academy for Rural Development.
The institute has conducted 1350 training courses of officers from provincial and federal services have trained about 35000 officers.
In addition to it, PARD organizes annual farmers conventions for the promotion of awareness among framers in the use of modern agricultural techniques.
Speeches were also delivered by farmers from Punjab, Sindh, KP, Baluchistan and Kashmir. They demanded of the federal government to give them water policy in every province, announce crop insurance policy and extend interest free micro credit to the small farmers.
They also demanded both the provincial and federal government to organize training for small farmers at district level so that maximum number of farmers could be benefitted from modern agricultural techniques.
The governor on the occasion also planted a sapling in the academy campus and visited different stalls organized by government and non government organizations and appreciated their efforts for the promotion of agriculture.
Source: The Nation