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UoS, UN-FAO became partner to improve food security, nutrition.

SARGODHA -- The University of Sargodha (UOS) has become firstever public sector university to sign a letter of intent with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations . The document was signed by Mina Dowlatchahi, the FAO Representative to Pakistan and Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad, the Vice Chancellor University of Sargodha on Friday while Rosana Frattini, FAO Partnership Officer, Pakistan, Dr Shakeel Khan, Seed Sector Consultant, FAO, Islamabad, Nasar Hayat, Assistant Representative/Head of Programmes, FAO, Pakistan and deans and faculty members of various faculties of the university were also present on the occasion.

The decision of signing the letter of intent was taken by representatives of both parties after considering their mutual interestsin conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, strengthening agricultural research programmes in the development of modern seed technology, climate smart agriculture practices, bio-fortified food crop varieties, and improved technologies for minimizing postharvest losses of food crops. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad remarked that these moments will be remembered in the history of higher education in the country as on this day, FAO signed its first-ever letter of intent with any public sector university of Pakistan. He thanked the FAO team to providing UOS with an opportunity to become partner of a global institution. He briefed the FAO team about research potential and capacity of UOS which isthe only public sector university of the Sargodha division.

Dr Ishtiaq informed the ceremony that UOS striving to promote the utilization of research and technology in the agriculture sector to enhance the agricultural productivity. 'We, with the cooperation of our global partners like China, focusing our research on potential agricultural products of the region like citrus and sugarcane', he added. Mina Dowlatchahi, while speaking on the occasion, said that she feels immense pleasure by signing this first-ever letter of intent between FAO and any public sector university of Pakistan.

Through this initiative, FAO wish to support small scale farmers of Pakistan, create income opportunities for women, provide dieting guidelines and soil profiling in Punjab, she added. Benefits of the agriculture research, conducted during the last decade, failed to reach the farmers of the country, FAO representative said adding that in this regard, it comes under the responsibility of FAO and UOS to bridge the gap between farmers and researchers.

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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Sep 8, 2018
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