Member Planning Visited Institute of Hydroponics Agriculture

Member Planning S&T, Dr. Hussein Abidi said that universities should focus on promotion of research and development for innovation and commercialization and keeping abreast with latest trends not only in the field of agriculture but also new advancements in science & technology.

He stated this while visiting the Institute of Hydroponics Agriculture of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on June 17, 2020. PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar Zaman, senior faculty members and researchers were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Abidi added that the government is committed to development of the science & technology sector while creating new opportunities to drive sustained economic growth. He urged that agriculture innovations, new varieties and all other technologies must be shared among the farmers to develop agriculture on modern lines.

He said that food security is one of the major challenges and agricultural scientists must come forward to help Pakistan in diversifying its agricultural products and achieving food security for its people.

He said the efforts and commitments of PMAS- AAUR for running the hydroponics plant with indigenous workforce are commendable. He also appreciated the steps taken by PMAS-AAUR for making modern agricultural technology accessible to farmers so they can increase the yields of their crops.

Earlier, Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR, Prof. Dr. Qamar Zaman briefed Dr. Abidi that the Hydroponics system is the latest technique to produce safe, nutritious, delicious and high quality vegetables.

Vice Chancellor said "Pakistan was previously importing high quality hydroponics vegetables from other countries, IHA revered this trend and now this institute is not only substituting these imports, but also planning to export these products to Middle East and Far Eastern regions, he added. This Institute has exported worth US$ 1.3 million vegetables to these regions."