FAISALABAD

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad has set up a community service centre at Chak 45/GD to address the issues of farming community at their doorsteps.

It was stated at farmers' training workshop titled 'kitchen gardening, tunnel farming and bio-gas' in which a large number of farmers and extension field staff participated.

Earlier, the centre was inaugurated by Institute of Horticultural Sciences Director Dr Aslam Pervaiz, Director and Okara District Officer (Agriculture Extension) Iqbal at the village.

Speaking on the occasion, Department of Rural Sociology Head Dr Izhar Ahmad Khan said that the centre would enlighten the farming community about the latest agriculture practices, innovations and technologies. He said that the centre had been set up by UAF in collaboration with Australian government and Punjab Agriculture Department.

He said the food security was one of the major concerns for the county. By equipping the farming community with latest methods, the productivity of the country could be increased manifold.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Aslam Pervez urged the farming community to adopt the modern techniques in order to increase per acre production. He was of the view that the adoption of the state-of-the-art agricultural practices was essential to ensure the food security and to compete with the rest of the world.

Dr Anjum Munir form Faculty of Agri. Engineering said that a model bio-gas plant was working at the university. He lauded the Punjab government initiative to install bio-gas plant in various village of the Punjab. He said large bio-gas plants can also operate tube wells for six hours and small scale plants provide sufficient gas for household usage.

Institute of Agriculture Extension and Rural Development Dr Babar Shahbaz said that mobile phone based advisory system would also be initiated in the near future for the farming community.

He said that the UAF had initiated cyber extension, Zarai Baithak, to the farmers. Dr Waseem told that tunnel farming was an emerging technology for growing off-season vegetable.