A three-day training workshop on “Capacity building under Institutional Strengthening” organized by Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam, has been successfully concluded, while certificates were also distributed among participants of high officials of various institutions.

Capacity building training workshop on the Preparation of Resettlement Action Plan under “Institutional Strengthening of Project Coordination & Monitoring Unit (PCMU)” for Water-related policies & Practices, focusing Sindh Water & Agriculture Transformation (SWAT) Project was organized by Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, in collaboration with Project Coordination and Monitoring Unit, Planning and Development (P&D), Government of Sindh, was successfully concluded on Thursday,

The training was given to senior officers of agriculture extension, irrigation, SIDA, agriculture research, and various institutions of the Sindh government, under the supervision of experts from Sindh Agricultural University.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Director General Agriculture Extension Hidayatullah Chhajro said that in the current situation, the agricultural sector contributes to the country’s GDP with the help of agricultural production, Agri-export, agro-based industries, foods, and livestock and its by-products, but agriculture is threatened by current conditions and particularly climate change, erratic rainfall, global warming, flood impacts and water scarcity, therefore food security is at stake and poverty rates have further increased.

He said that with this training, experts related to agriculture, irrigation and other agricultural sectors will be supported in the field of agricultural development, and better results will be obtained.

Dr Aijaz Ali Khooharo, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Social Sciences, said that there is a need rehabilitation of agriculture in Sindh and restore the infrastructure destroyed due to floods, while for better use of water and improvement of underwater agricultural resources, there is a need for solid solution, and this training will help the experts a lot, “before working on all the projects, all the sustainability and future concerns should be kept in front.” He added

The focal person of the program, Dr Tahmina Mangan, said that Experts and administrative heads from various institutions were participated in the training, and this training workshop will yield positive results, and especially directions can be set for flood victims and infrastructure restoration.

On the occasion Ali Nawaz Channa, Director Technical Agriculture Extension, Focal Person Jam Ghulam Murtaza Sahito, Amber Sanam Leghari Assistant Director SIDA also spoke, while Dr Inayatullah Rajper Dean FCPD, Dr Aijaz Ali Soomro, Bakht Ali Solangi, Regional Director Agriculture Marketing, Tariq Ali Dehraj Deputy Director Technical Farm Water Management, Parvez Ahmed Banbhan, Assistant Manager, Transition SIDA, and participants from various departments of Sindh were also present, in the end certificates were distributed among the participants.

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