Training Workshop on Water Resource Management Ended at PMAS-AAUR

A ten-day training workshop on Water Resource Management for  Baluchistan Farmers/govt officials ended at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Monday.



The workshop was organized by PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations & AUS-AID Agricultural Project, with an aim to enhance capacity of the participants in water resource management and efficient use.  33 participants including seven females of agric

ultural departments/colleges researchers, farmers, people from NGO and FAO field staff participated in the workshop.


Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR in his address, stressed that there is dire need to adopt latest techniques on farm water management to make barren lands productive. He recommended that it is time to improve water management, irrigation and crop cultivation and launch of mass awareness campaigns. He hoped that training workshop will help to strengthen the Baluchistan’s farmer’s technical capacity in on-farm water management and emphasized the need of rainwater harvesting to solve the problems regarding water scarcity.  Vice Chancellor highlighted the need of water resource management for Baluchistan peoples and assured full cooperation of PMAS-AAUR. He wished to strengthen this training program in future.



Earlier, team leader and National Expert Water Resource Management, FAO Malik Aijaz Hussain Awan, in his welcome address gave a brief introduction about the Baluchistan Agriculture Project of AUS-AID & FAO and hoped that this training will be helpful for the participants and undoubtedly assist in moving "the agricultural sector of Baluchistan to a higher level". He thanked the University administration and Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad for arranging this workshop on the campus and assured full support from his organization to the University.



In a 10 days training workshop participants got training on High efficiency irrigation system, crop water requirements, introduction to landscaping, sources of irrigation water in Pakistan, surface irrigation methods, demonstration to solar system, conveyance and application efficiencies, irrigation scheduling, GIS remote sensing techniques etc and also visited University Research Farm Koont.