STAFF REPORT IBD: Speakers at a workshop have called for conducting trans-disciplinary research work to increase the agricultural productivity and to motivate the farmers regarding applying latest agricultural practices.
The workshop titled “linking social research with science to strengthen agricultural value chain” arranged by Department of Rural Sociology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
Prof. John Spriggs from the University of Canberra, Australia, who was the chief guest, urged the social and applied scientists to enhance their collaboration to jack up the agricultural productivity.
He said that in Pakistan, one extension worker is available for the population of 1,000 people. Keeping in view, it is need of the hour to improve their due role in spreading the information regarding latest techniques with the usage of modern technology.
UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that said that the University is promoting the culture of trans-disciplinary research and collaboration.
Dr Izhar Ahmad Khan said in the initial survey of his project about rural, it is found that per family income of small citrus growers is Rs 17,000 whereas for small dairy farmer income is Rs 15,000. The initial survey also tells that mobile phone availability for the small citrus growers is 79 per cent whereas for small dairy farmer it is 75 per cent.