Increase in farm produce vital for food security: Experts



STAFF REPORT LHR: Speakers and experts of food and bio-technology fields at a conference have urged the government and the researchers to find ways to increase yield of different agriculture commodities and proper method to preserve them.


The two-day All Pakistan Science Conference on Food Safety and Security Challenges in Pakistan was jointly organized by the Pakistan Association for the Advancement of Science (PAAS) and Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).


On the occasion, the food scientists in their lectures said that all departments related to the food security sector should focus on the promotion of new technology at the gross root level of the agriculture fields.


They were of the opinion that PCSIR and agriculture departments should provide solutions to industrial and agricultural problems and their teams must visit remote areas to find the issues faced by the farming community.


“Economic progress of the country was linked to technology and research and people have to focus on these areas to fulfil the dream of economic development and food security,” said Prof Dr Faqir M. Anjum from the GC University Faisalabad.


VC University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid, Chairman PCSIR Dr Shahzad Alam, DG PCSIR Dr Sakhawat Ali, Dr Muhammad Arshad, General President PAAS and Prof. Dr Saleem Chaudhary, General Secretary PAAS, called for an enabling environment for increased food supply, access to food, and equity of food distribution.

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