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Pir Mehr Ali Shahi Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi (PMAS_AAUR) in collaboration with Thnen Institute, Germany (TIG) and Pakistan Organic Association (POA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here on Tuesday to promote organic agriculture in Pakistan.
RAWALPINDI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 21st Feb, 2023 ) :Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi (PMAS_AAUR) in collaboration with Thnen Institute, Germany (TIG) and Pakistan Organic Association (POA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday (MU) to promote organic agriculture in Pakistan.
The MoU is mainly aimed at the establishment of “Dry Institute of Organic Agriculture at PMAS-AAUR”, research cooperation and exchange of research materials in mutually beneficial fields.
This institute will be responsible for the development and implementation of the National Organic Agriculture Program, laws, regulations, framework, labeling and certification body in collaboration with stakeholders.
Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman, deputy rector of PMAS-AAUR, prof. Dr. TIG Director Gerold Rahmann and Qasim Tareen, Chairman Pakistan Organic Association signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
This institute will also help and support organic agriculture not only in offering diplomas, certifications, courses, degrees, but also in strengthening the capacity of teachers, scientists and linkages with national and international authorities.
The MoU also decided to provide training and awareness in target areas with potential but lack of quality inputs including seeds, fertilizers, high quality irrigation system, supply chain, marketing and information technology to change institutional approaches. are faced. .from traditional to organic farming methods.
A seminar and trade fair on organic agriculture and sustainability was also held at PMAS-AAUR.
Prof. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman, prof. Dr. Gerold Rahman and Kasim Tarin addressed the participants, which included mainly teachers and students.
The speakers highlighted the positive impact of organic agriculture on the environment, farmers’ lives and the national economy, saying that there is a need to promote organic agriculture for safe and healthy food for future generations.
The speakers further highlighted the scope, potential and challenges faced in promoting organic agriculture in Pakistan and pointed to the potential of organic agriculture to mitigate threats due to climate change.
They emphasized the need to create more awareness, sensitivity and role models to change behavior in society to increase the sustainability of the agricultural production system by reducing the use of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides.
Dr. The time was of the opinion that Pakistan has immense potential in organic agriculture and it is time for organic agriculture to transition from chemical agriculture and increase the demand for organic products.
He also briefed the participants on the importance of converting agriculture from conventional to organic in the context of food security, climate change and exports and its role in fighting poverty and climate change.
He also thanked the guests and appreciated the efforts of the organizers to organize this seminar.