Korean Parliament Members Visited to PMAS-AAUR

A four-member South Korean Parliament members delegation led by Mr. Soo Hyuck Lee, visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), on April 25, 2019.

The purpose of their visit was to share the performance/achievements of Pak-Korea Capacity Building Centre for Agriculture & Livestock Technology (PKCBC) which was established in 2016 at PMAS-AAUR with the financial help of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to improve socio-economic conditions and livelihoods of farming communities.

The other parliament members included Mr. Seok Hyun Lee, Mr. Jung Bae Chun, Mr. Jae Kyung Lee, Mr. Kwak Sung Kyu, the Ambassador, Republic of Korea, Mr. Chung Jong Hyok, The Director General KOICA Office Islamabad Mr. Chung Jong Hyok, Mr. Ki Won Kwon, Chief of Committee StaffOfficers from Korean Parliament, and officers from Embassy of Korea and KOICA office Islamabad.

A proposal of Agriculture Technology Incubation & Transfer Center was also shared with the Korean Parliament's members to enhance the agricultural production through developing and indigenizing efficient and environment friendly technologies and its promotion to farming communities of rain-fed areas of Pakistan. The parliament's members hope that this project will be helpful to improve the livelihood of rural community of the Potohar Region and uplifting of their socio-economic status on sustainable basis.

Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR said that this center helped a lot to our scientists about modern techniques in agriculture and livestock from the exchange program of Experts and we need to continue this sort of joint initiatives focusing technology development and its promotion. Vice Chancellor also expressedgratitudefor the support of Peoples Republic of Korea in establishing this Center and the hard work of the management, faculty members, trainers and the support staff of the university in achieving the objectives of this Center.

Prof. Dr. Ata ulMohsin, Director PKCBC briefed the members about the center, the future strategy and plan of PKCBC in years to come. He expressed that the centre is performing its role in very effective way and have successfully completed various short trainings, workshops and various vocational trainings (diploma courses) for 3-6 months duration.

Later, the team visited all sections of the PKCBC, Training Hall and Laboratories and shared information with the faculty members/Incharge of the Laboratories and training course. The team appreciated the working of PKCBC and expressed its views as this centre will play a pivotal role in capacity building and socio-economic development of farming communities.

At the end, Prof. Dr. Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Sahi Dean Faculty of Crop and Food Sciences thanked the Korean parliament members for their visit and Vice Chancellor presented shields to the Korean delegation members.