International Conference on Training and Capacity Building in Sustainable Agricultural Water Management

Three-day international conference on Training and Capacity Building in Sustainable Agricultural Water Management commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on June 27, 2018.


The objective of the conference was to address ways and means to increase food productivity and security in context of local, regional and economic development of Pakistan using different and new techniques to harvest, store and use runoff water for the sustainable agricultural water management.


The inaugural session of the conference was chaired by Prof Dr Sarwat N. Mirza, Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR while Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo was the chief guest.


The conference was organized by the Department of Environmental Sciences in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (IADC) and National Research Council (CNR) Italy.


Ambassador of Italy Stefano Pontecorvo showed his very commitment to continue the project and expressed his interest for the assistance in the field of water rationalization through Pakistan Italian Partnership.


"Pakistan has the issue of water management instead of non-availability also agricultural water management is the one very effective way to deal with the enormously diminishing level of water and suggested the correct water management practices and awareness programmes on the usage of water in order to cope with the problem," he said.


He also lauded the efforts of the whole team for the achievement of desired objectives and for the socio-economic development of agriculture in Pakistan and expressed his support and assistance.


PMAS-AAUR VC Prof Dr Sarwat N Mirza stressed the need of managing the country's water resources in a more efficient, equitable and sustainable way to meeting agricultural production challenges, including increasing agricultural productivity and adapting to climate change, he said, "Water management is central to Pakistan's agriculture; and despite significant development in raising irrigation efficiency, low agricultural water productivity is still one of the key issues challenging water use sustainability and food security in Pakistan."


He also expressed his views to disseminate information & knowledge to all the stakeholders including farmers about appropriate practices, technologies, and institutional innovations to ensure sustainable water management.


Dr Pietro Pipi, Head of the Department, VI-Rural Development and Food Security IADC appreciated the efforts of Department of Environmental Sciences and CNR Italy for the achievements of sustainable agricultural water management goals. He said that IADC will continue its support for such kinds of projects in the future as well.


Prof Mauro Centritto, Director Trees and Timber Institute CNR, Italy gave an overview of the project. Moreover, he briefed about the project objectives and shared the achievements and success of the project.


Earlier, in his welcome address Chairman Department of Environmental Sciences Prof Dr Azeem Khalid explained the aims and objectives of the conference while a vote of thanks was presented by Prof. Dr. Tariq Mahmood.