Baluchistan records 23% agricultural growth.
Baluchistan recorded a 23% agricultural growth last year due to the water management training workshops conducted by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Iqrar Ahmad addressed 30 Baloch participants of a 10-day training workshop on On-farm Water Management. This workshop was conducted under the Baluchistan Agricultural Project funded by the USAID. The project covers eight districts of Baluchistan. Dr Iqrar said Baluchistan could grow food not only for Pakistan but also for the entire population of Central Asia in the years to come.
He said four agro ecological zones had been set up and a more conducive environment was enabling farmers in Baluchistan to make more investment in fruits and vegetables. He said the UAF had launched a water resources engineering program to address the problems being faced in Baluchistan.
UAF is also making efforts to promote oilseed cultivation as it was the second biggest import into the country after petroleum.
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology Dean and Water Management Research Centre (WMRC) Director Prof Rai Niaz Ahmad said a team of young professionals had earned global recognition through the workshops conducted by the UAF. He said the WMRC was working on four projects with Australia, Japan, USAID and Rice Wheat International Consortium.