Governor Punjab, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana has said use of modern technology in agriculture would strengthen economy and improve lives of farmers in the country.
He stated this while inaugurating the indigenous hydroponic unit designed by Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) at Governor House Punjab, Lahore, on February 16, 2017.
On the occasion, Punjab Agriculture Minister Muhammad Naeem Akhtat Bhabba, Vice Chancellor LUMS Dr. Sohail Naqvi, Vice Chancellor Muhammad Nawaz Shareef Agriculture University Multan Dr. Asif Ali, Special Assistant to CM Punjab Rai Haider, farmers and faculty members were also present.
Governor Punjab said that government is promoting the use of modern technology in farming so that agro-based industry could flourish. He said that it is inevitable to develop agriculture sector on modern lines in order to meet the rising needs of food in the world, adding the research on hydroponic technology is a blessing. He said this amazing technology could be used in the desert, mountainous and barren areas as well.
Governor said that Hydroponic is new arousing technology in agriculture sector and the hydroponic research will be promoted by the provincial Agriculture department in collaboration with the PMAS-AAUR and such units would be set up at various locations in the province.
He appreciated the efforts of management, faculty and especially Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of PMAS- AAUR, who developed hydroponic technology at local levels with limited resources as earlier this technology was very expensive.
Punjab Agriculture Minister, Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Bhabba said that massive agriculture production can be achieved with limited time & resources by utilizing favorable technology. He said that Punjab Government is focusing on the economic as well as agricultural aspects. Hydroponic System is the need of time and its wonderful aspects and results will surely lead agriculture sector towards fruitful direction, he added. He urged that educational institutes and other organizations must work together to play their role for the awareness of technology at the root levels, so that we could get more benefits.
Earlier, PMAS-AAUR, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. RaI Naiz Ahmad briefed the participants about educational, research & development activities within the varsity and indigenous Hydroponic technology.
Vice Chancellor said that hydroponic is the agriculture of 21st century, in which cultivation is done by feed and water under a particular process by controlling climate changes into favorable conditions. This technology not only saves water but also it is environment friendly and we can get agriculture production without pollution, he added. He said that this process of cultivation is a milestone in agriculture sector and farmers can raise their income by adopting this method of cultivation.
It may be recalled that Indigenous Hydroponic/Soil Less System of Pakistan designed by PMAS-AAUR would be a milestone in increasing the capability of agro products. Hydroponics System is latest technique to produce safe, nutritious, delicious and high quality vegetables. Hydroponic products have enormous nutritional value and taste fresh because they are grown in healthy environment. Indigenous hydroponics system can give the same yield as European hydroponics system; however its cost is 100 times lower than European hydroponics system. In traditional system farmer is gaining 5-7 tons in tunnel and in this system we can get production up to 300 ton and its potential yield is 500 tons per acre.
On the occasion Governor Punjab also distributed certificates to the farmers who participated in PMAS-AAUR 15 days workshop on Hydroponic Agriculture System. He also stressed that the farmers should not only adopt this technology but they should also create awareness among other farmers and guide them properly regarding the hydroponics technology to avoid food shortage in our country in future.