FAISALABAD - Agricultural Scientists should devise agronomic strategies by utilising modern technology in order to ensure food security keeping in view rapidly increasing population and decreasing water and soil resources in the Country, said the Punjab secretary (agriculture).

Waseem Mukhtar was addressing a meeting at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on Wednesday. He said that Pakistan is facing agricultural productivity challenge due to lack of attention and resources for the important sector. Mr Waseem was of the view, “We have not prioritized agricultural sector in accordance with International standards since 80’s onward that is why we are lagging behind in productivity as per our potential.” He urged the scientists to develop innovative solutions for the betterment of small farmers. The secretary lauded the role of UAF for bringing Green Revolution by developing new varieties and trained manpower during 1960 and this should be replicated as Pakistan has to feed major chunk of population of the region in the future.

Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, the UAF vice chancellor, while briefing the chief guest said that the University was facing financial constraints in order to provide affordable education to the deprived segment of society. He hailed the financial support of Punjab government for development projects particularly post-harvest mechanism, hostels, lecture theaters and video conferencing facilities. He stressed the need for more resources for the completion of development projects.

Dr Iqrar added that the university ws pursuing modern technological advancement on renewable energy, water efficiency and bio technology in order to equip human resource with modern technology in befitting manners. The secretary visited various research laboratories, green houses, hostels and bio-gas plant and expressed his satisfaction on the pace of development occurred by the efforts of university scientists.

SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS: Faisalabad Serena Hotel has successfully completed its 25 years of its services in the city. The month long silver jubilee celebrations started with first Faisalabad Serena Golf Cup championship followed by series of other events including tennis championship. During these events, corporate interactivity and daily lucky draws were held in which gifts were presented to the Serena fraternity and guests.  Under SEED program it also arranged a colourful chrysanthemum show with flower competitions among ladies and girl students.

The main silver jubilee function was attended by business tycoons and local elite. Hundreds of pigeons were set free while colourful balloons were also released in the air amid an enthralling musical show.