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October 3, 2015

International workshop concludes at PMAS-AAUR


October 3, 2015

Speakers at the workshop suggested olive industry of Pakistan should be sustainable as well as profitable in order to compete in the international market.
Moreover, selection of suitable regions, appropriate olive varieties, selection of suitable cultivars, pest and disease management, ensuring quality control, preparing human capital and capacity building of farmers are some of the utmost factors for growing olive in Pakistan. They also pointed that the present system of water management lacks to address the water challenges of Pakistan and suggested that effective improvement of water management in Pakistan is possible through the research, institutional partnership, and improved decision making mechanism. They stated this while addressing at the concluding session of the three days (September 30 to October 2) international workshop on “Sustainable Agriculture Water Management in a Changing Environment - A special Focus on Olive Tree”, at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR, here on Friday.
The workshop was organized by the PMAS-AAUR Department of Environmental Sciences in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), Trees and Timber Institute- National Research Council (CNR) of Italy and Institute of European Studies "Alcide De Gasperi", with an aimed to demonstrate technologies for sustainable water use and promote olive cultivation in Pakistan in addition to provision of technical expertise to the local researchers, academia representatives and olive cultivars.
Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he stressed the need to implement the olive research into the fields in order to meet the olive oil needs and getting maximum yields in changing climate. He said that Pakistan is blessed with tremendous natural resources but facing a shortage of food, energy and water. He stressed the need to transform new techniques &

technologies to the farmers to increase the per capita production of country. “The adoption of the latest agricultural development & technology will help decrease food insecurity. Water use should be rationalised as well,” he said.
Earlier, HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad also planted at tree and inaugurated fancy birds & aviary in university premises.
Earlier, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, in his address said that emphasised on the importance of olive and olive cultivation in the area and assured the institutional support of PMAS-AAUR for the developmental initiatives of olive and its cultivation. He stressed for holding such events on regular basis for the socio economic development of the region.

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