To introduce Progressive Farming and Precision Agriculture the University Syndicate has established “Centre for Agriculture Strategy & Development (CASD)” in the University with collaboration of HEC. The broad objective is to establish a national Centre for Agriculture Strategy and Development to develop policies and strategies in order to improve the livelihood of farming communities of Potohar, Pakistan which will help uplifting of their socio-economic status on sustainable basis through capacity building in modern precision agriculture and entrepreneurial activities. The above objective is in line with the Medium Term Development Framework of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (MTDF-HE II) that is “To link the institutions of higher learning to serve as engine of growth for the socio-economic development of Pakistan”.

The specific objectives and salient features:

  1. Development of strategy for promoting farmer’s need based and market demand driven research on agriculture, livestock and forestry.
  2. Sensitizing, capacity building and taking on-board all potential stakeholders of Agriculture sector (Farmers, Private & Public Sector organizations and relevant industries etc) to promote modern agricultural technology.
  3. Mobilizing rural community and their capacity building in agriculture utilizing already developed Pak-Korea Capacity Building Center at PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi.
  4. Development of model farm(s) to disseminate precision agriculture based technologies focused on enhancing production, quality and value addition of agricultural produce to ultimately impact profitability of the growers.
  5. Introduction of new technologies and On-Farms Trainings.