FAISALABAD - Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday joined hands to cope with agricultural challenges by strengthening extension network and enhancing skills among extension workers of both the countries with the cooperation of the United States. It is prerequisite to expand the network as only one extension worker is assigned the task to make the capacity building of the population of 10,000 people in Pakistan. To share the experiences of both countries and set a road map for translate the knowledge into goods and service, an international conference titled strengthening skills of young professional in Pakistan and Afghanistan was opened at the new senate hall, UAF in which both countries vowed to cement ties to curb the agri challenges. The conference was chaired by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan while Director General, Extension, Punjab Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali was chief guest. The other notable speakers from the abroad Terry Stienhartfrom Iowa University, Louise Ferguson from UC Davis, Trish Stienhart from Maryland and Kevein Murphy from Washington and Dr Niaz Muhammad and other from Afghanistan spoke on the occasion. The vice chancellor said both countries are side of same coin because of share values, religion and culture. He said the both countries were facing same challenges such as food security and terrorism. He lauded the steps being taken by the neighbour on the ground of extension. He stressed the need to produce more quality researches and transmit the knowledge into good and service, in the form of food security and others by strengthening extension workers. Quoting the example of California, he said that it is having 1/10 water share as compared to Pakistan but the production of it is much greater than our country, because of knowledge that transmitted into good and service with the help of extension works. Talking about ways to spread new techniques and researches, he said media plays a vital role in bringing green revolution in any country and in this regard radios contribution in the 1960 can be forgotten. He lauded the role of private sector in the field of fertilizer, machinery and others in Pakistan . He also stressed the need to increase the agri credit net in the country that would help farmers to adopt modern technology as many farmers who are intended in adopting can not do so because of budget constraints. Dr Muhammad Anjum Ali highlighted the model of extension. He said that the researches being carried out by institutions are being transferred to extension workers who are spreading it among the farmers and getting feedback. He said that the average wheat production of the county is 30 mand per acre but progressive farmers are getting 55 mand per acre. He elaborated about the various programmes being run by the government to create awareness among the farmers related to the various agriculture technologies and researches . He stressed the need to narrow the gap between progressive and traditional farmers by strengthening extension network. Dr Niaz Muhammad said that in 1970, his country was self sufficient in agriculture but now the situation has changed. He praised Pakistan and hoped with the joint efforts, both counties will bring green revolution. Hailing the conference, he urged to hold such conference in future that causes to bring improvement in the field and transmit the knowledge across the border. Dr Aqil, Country Coordinator, IRRI, CIMMYT, Pak highlighted the new ways to flourish agriculture keeping in view climate challenges. Dr Asif Ali, Director, External Linkages informed the audience about the umbrella project for faculty outreach. Under the programme, the farming community is being educated with the modern trends.