A strong forecast system in the agriculture sector is vital to fight the challenges of food insecurity and climate changes and to increase productivity, said experts.

Addressing the inaugural session of a research workshop, University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad said that the system provides an opportunity to researchers and policy-makers to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with the issues in a better way.

He said that farm laboratories need to be equipped with the innovative approaches. He was of the view that the Precision Agriculture was getting popularity across the world. “We have to get benefit from it. The world has become global village owing to the technological advancements, he said and advised the students to make an all-out effort to meet the challenges of 21st Century. He said that the university research portfolio had boosted up manifold as it is touching  Rs 2 billion compared to Rs 400 million just four-year ago.

Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Iqbal Zafar, Agri Economics Director Dr Muhammad Ashfaq, Dr Sultan Ali Adil and Dr Muhammad Akram, Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia and others also spoke on the occasion.

Dr Iqbal Zafar said that Pakistan is blessed with tremendous natural resources. “We need to tap the potential. The modern technology has helped the people to perform their chores easily,” he added.

Talking about research, he said statistical software system is helping researches to analysis the data without any difficulties. Dr Muhammad Ashfaq stressed the need to produce tangible researches keeping in view the challenges facing the society.

He said that steps were being taken to produce research work as per demand of the society. Dr Muhammad Akram informed the audience about R and S-Plus software to analyse the research data that will make their working easy.