Bahawalpur (26th Sept.)…….. Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar Provincial Minister Cooperative appreciated the research work being carried out at AZRI, Bahawalpur which is the milestone for making the Cholistan desert green and productive to ensure food security in the region.
He was presiding the certificate giving ceremony & seminar on Practical Field Demonstration of Innovative Technologies for Capacity Building of the Farmers “Seeing is believing”heldon September 26, 2016 at Arid Zone Research Institute, Bahawalpur under RADP Sub-projectproject entitled “Farmer’s Training and Demonstration of Innovative Practices for Farmers of Lesser Cholistan and Bahawalpur Division”to distribute the certificates among the 250 successful trainee farmers of different comprehensive trainings held at Cholistan.
The series of comprehensive training programs have been successfully completed with the dedicated efforts of the scientists of the Institute. A large number of Cholistani farmers including both gender, public representatives, MPAs, Chairmen of six UCs of Cholistan area, counselors, progressive farmers, Cholistani numberdars, print and electronic media participated in the seminar and graduation ceremony.
The honorable Minister along with participants visited experimental area of the Institute and witnesses various ongoing research activities. The Director AZRI, Bahawalpur gave detailed Field Demonstration of Innovative Technologies generated by the Institute for Capacity Building of the Farmers.
The Minister showed his pleasure and satisfaction while witnessing the various innovative technologies generated by the institute such as solar drip pumping system, high irrigation system, micro irrigation, biogas technology, arid fruit plants, medicinal plants and kitchen gardening are really remarkable. He announced a metal link road from main road to the institute and also ensured his full support from the provincial and district government for the institute. He emphasized the farmers to improve their yield by adopting these innovative technologies.
Dr. Ahmad Bakhsh Mahar, DG (P&DD) PARC said that the Arid Zone Research Institute is playing a vital role for the area and their efforts to make people aware with innovation in the research are truly appreciable. Malik Jahanzeb Waran, ex- MPA & advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab said that the training provided to the farmers of Cholistan is historic and is the result of hard work of the team of scientists of the institute. Ms Shama Bibi, representing the Cholistani female farmers acknowledged the dedicated efforts to make these training successful in their area. Mr. Yaqoob Ghouri, represented the farmers of area and acknowledged the efforts of the scientists and thanked the Director AZRI and his team for arranging such a productive and comprehensive training programme near their door steps. Malik Ghulam Abbas, Chairman UC Meerana, Cholistan, Ray Muhammad Sharif, Chairman UC Fort Derawar, Cholistan, Mr. Hassan Mahmood Qureshi, Chairman UC Cannan Pir, Cholistan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Langah, Chairman UC Saklari, Cholistan and Malik Bashir Ahmed, Numberdar Fort Mouj Garh, Cholistan appreciated the efforts of the Director AZRI and his team for such meaningful training programs in their respective UCs near to their doorsteps. The certificates to successful trainee farmers were awarded by the Honorable Chief Guest and other dignities. The session was ended with the vote of thanks by Co-PI of the Project.
During technical session of the seminar, the Director AZRI, Bahawalpur, has given complete overview of various training courses, their venues, lists of trained farmers, contents of the trainings, various important lectures delivered by eminent scholars and resource persons of the trainings in detail. He has given lecture/ presentation of various research activities being carried out at institute particularly on medicinal plants, different field crops (wheat, cotton, chickpea, mungbean, raya, guar, millet, barley and oat etc) and arid horticultural crops (guava, jaman, ber, datepalm, fig, lime, sweet lime, pomegranate) & desert grasses, shrubs and trees with special reference to arid conditions. He also highlighted that the women were given the practical trainings on kitchen gardening, IPM techniques and various irrigation techniques to improve the water productivity.
(Malik Muhammad Yousaf)
Director (AZRI), Bahawalpur
Edited by: (Sabiha Amin)
Principal Editor (SI), NARC