Free wheat seeds will be distributed among the small farmers of 7 districts of Sindh under the MoU signed between Turkey and Sindh Agricultural University (SAU).

In this regard, an MoU was signed between Dr Fateh Muhammad Marri, Vice-Chancellor SAU and Mr Halil Ibrahim Basaran, Program Coordinator of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) under the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture, while Dr Islamuddin Rajput of the Department of Agricultural Extension of the Sindh Government signed as a party, during MoU signing ceremony at university senate hall.

Addressing the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Dr Fateh Marri said that we are grateful to the Turkish government, which has helped the flood-affected farmers of Sindh in difficult situations and is providing free wheat seeds for two acres to those farmers of Sindh, who have up to ten acres of agricultural land, while Sindh Agriculture University and Agricultural Extension Sindh will also support famers through technical services.

Mr Halil Ibrahim Basaran, Program Coordinator TIKA said that to further strengthen brotherly relations between Pakistan and Turkey, the wheat seed will be provided free of charge to farmers of Sindh, He said various welfare, educational and social programs are also in progress in Pakistan including Sindh, while we are also establishing a bakery for healthy food for the poor farmers of Sindh,

Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director, University Advancement and Financial Assistance explained the details of the agreement and said that under this agreement, 75 farmers of each tehsil and among 675 total famers from taluka Kot Diji, Mehar, Sakrand, New Saeedabad, Shahdadpur, Tando Bago and Pithoro, will be distributed wheat seed for two acres, which is being started from this week.

The distribution services will be carried out by the Sindh Agriculture University and Agricultural Extension Department through their team and university students, and the three institutions will monitor the wheat from sowing to harvesting and support the farmers.

On the occasion Dean Dr Aijaz Ali Khooharo, Dean Dr Inayatullah Rajpar, Dean Dr Altaf Ali Siyal, Dean Dr Syed Ghiyasuddin Shah Rashidi, Dean Dr Manzoor Ali Abro, Dr Zahoor Hussain Soomro, Dr Mujahid Hussain Laghari, Dr Shahnawaz Marri, Dr Aijaz Soomro, Director Farms Jakhro Mumtaz Ahmed, TIKA’s Program Officer Miss Fatima and others were also present.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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