Seminar on Climate Change and Crop Quality

A one-day seminar on Climate Change and Crop Quality with Recent Advances in the Management of Aflatoxin for Improved Crop Quality and Food Safety was held at PMAS-AAUR on September 8, 2021.


The main objective of this seminar was to provide a platform to the experts to share their knowledge and experiences of the science behind aflatoxin production with special reference to climate change and the biological control model for aflatoxin management in Pakistan.


PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman was chief guest while Dr Sabyan Faris Honey, Coordinator Bioscience, CABI, Dr Atif Jamal, Principal Scientific Officer, NARC Islamabad, Dean Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Dr. Fayyaz ul Hassan Sahi and faculty members of the PMAS-AAUR also address the participants.


Experts shared their knowledge about the science behind aflatoxin production with special reference to climate change and the biological control model for aflatoxin management in Pakistan.


Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that can be found on agricultural crops such as maize, peanuts, cottonseed and tree nuts; these can be life threatening.


Speaking as a chief guest, Prof. Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman said that aflatoxins represent global public health and economic concerns affecting consumers and farmers worldwide. He highlighted the factors related to food insecurity and malnutrition not only influence human health and welfare, but also impact social, economic and political aspects of society.


As Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, the responsibility lies on agricultural scientists to help industry partners improve their safety compliance for the benefit of consumers by sharing information, skills and technologies to meet international standards. This will result in food safety.


Dr Zaman appreciated efforts of the agronomy department as they organised the seminar, adding, the world is changing with each passing day and technologies which were meant for security purposes are now being used in the agricultural sector and this is revolutionising it.


He said if Pakistan wants to benefit from its agricultural sector to deal with economic and food security challenges then modern agri-tech is a need of the time.