Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tandojam hosted 3 days training workshop on Capacity Development Under “Institutional Strengthening of Project Coordination & Monitoring Unit (PCMU) for Water -relates policies & Practices focusing Sindh Water & Agriculture Transformation (SWAT) Project.

Vice-Chancellor of SAU Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri, while addressing to the inauguration ceremony, has said that the agriculture of Sindh has reached a point where now we have to standardize the production of Agriculture; food security is in danger due to climate change and increasing population. Therefore, innovation in agriculture is inevitable.

Dr Fateh Marri said that Agriculture production per acre of Sindh Province is more than that of Punjab, but according to international standards, this production is not satisfactory, while the experts have to work on new commodities for the 100-day crop of wheat and cotton.

He said considering the scarce resources of water and agricultural land area, experts have to advance their research for new commodities of crops, less water consuming crops and less expensive farming methods have to be adopted, he further added that it is a matter of concern that World Food and Agriculture has revealed that our production 17 percent is wasted.

Dr Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director, University Advancement and Financial Assistance said that all the experts related to agricultural irrigation, extension, and economic institutions are agree that for the agricultural development of Sindh and the economic development of the people, high-yielding commodities and agricultural Innovation should be promoted,

Training organizer Dr Jam Ghulam Murtaza Sahito said that this is the second of four training courses organized by Sindh Agriculture University in collaboration with PCMU, P&D Department of Sindh Government. He said that in this training workshop there will be 9 interactive technical sessions for university experts, Agriculture, Irrigation, P&D and SIDA officials, and 7 different resource persons with vast experience will be there to impart training.

On this occasion Ali Nawaz Channa, Director Technical Agriculture Extension, Bakht Ali Solangi, Regional Director Agriculture Marketing, Tariq Ali Dehraj Deputy Director Technical Farm Water Management, Parvez Ahmed Banbhan Assistant Manager Transition SIDA, Ambar Sanam Laghari, Assistant Director SIDA and various participants from the different departments who took part in the training were also present.

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