Digitization in agriculture is the need of the hour which will boost the growing agricultural sector. (Dr. Muhammad Azeem)
Islamabad: Use of digitization and innovation to benefit sustainable agricultural production (agriculture, livestock and aquaculture) increase food and nutrition security and increase family farmers’ access to market through the development of tech-based solutions, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, PARC has joined hands with Ignite-National Technology Fund.
The MoU signing ceremony was held at PARC headquarters today on 28th May, 2021. The Secretary (Council), PARC Mr. Roshan Zada and CEO, Ignite-National Technology Fund Mr. Asim Shahryar were the signatories on behalf of their respective organizations. Federal Secretary for IT & Telecom, M/o IT & Telecom, Islamabad, Mr. Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC, Dr. Shahid Hameed, Member (Coordination & Monitoring) PARC and other high officials from both sides were also participants of the ceremony.
Taking about importance of digitization of agriculture Chairman PARC, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan says, “The world is moving towards a digital economy, significance of which has been increased by the pandemic. In such situations, technological agricultural systems are the need of the hour, which will booster the growing agricultural sector. Under this agreement, PARC and Ignite-National Technology Fund, will work together for the development and commercialization of innovative technology”. He also added that PARC and Ignite-National Technology Fund will identify the ICT solutions for the existing issues of agriculture sector by establishing National Incubation Centre and Centre of Excellence in areas of food security and research. The Chairman also apprised the audience of PARC tech-based initiatives and said that agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy as it contributes around 20 percent in the overall gross domestic product (GDP) at present and also a big source of employment.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Asim Shahryar Husain, CEO Ignite said that innovation in agriculture cuts across the entire value chain – prom crop, forestry, fishery or livestock production to the management of inputs and resources to market access. He said that Ignite has always extended its full support to resolve these challenges through technology interventions by bringing innovative solutions for increased yield and profit margins for the farmers by decreasing the role of middlemen.
(Ghulam Shabbir Mirza)
Incharge (PR&P) PARC