RAWALPINDI: A meeting on Strengthening Markets for Agriculture and Rural transformation (SMART) in Punjab held here on Monday at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) in collaboration with Research & Extension wing of the World Bank.
The objective of this meeting was to discuss the research and extension components of agriculture and to explore the gaps among research, industry and extension in order to strengthen market and rural transformation process in the province.
The meeting was chaired by Vice Chancellor of PMAS-AAUR Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmed while Head Research Work at World Bank Derek Byerlee and Consultant at World Bank Dr. Mubarik Ali were the guests of honor.
The meeting was attended by Deans, Directors and Administrative officials of the University.
Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad in his address acknowledged the importance and need of the research and said, “Our research must address the needs of the farmers and other stakeholders to harvest the benefits of new technologies and modern agricultural practices. Today’s activity will help us in identifying the gaps among research, industry at national and international market levels.”
He emphasized on the indigenizing knowledge with a particular focus on stimulating growth and increase productivity through technological advancements and marketing strategies. During this meeting, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad shared achievements and initiatives of the University and also briefed about the ongoing academic projects and research work with the delegation members.
The participants discussed the issues related to agricultural research & extension and gave their suggestions as how to strengthen the market and transform the rural system. The delegation members applauded the efforts of the VC in academic and research avenues and thanked the participants for their valuable ideas and suggestions.