Chinese research set to boost precision farming in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Experience of Chinese in precision agriculture will greatly improve Pakistan’s agricultural outputs which would lead to self-sufficiency in food and food security.

“The climatic conditions of many parts of China are quite similar to that of Pakistan. Thus it is a great opportunity to learn from the Chinese experience in precision agriculture to improve Pakistan’s agricultural outputs,” said Dr. Naveed Tahir, Associate Professor from Department of Agronomy, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).

The precision agriculture is of great importance for Pakistan as much of the most productive agricultural land in the country has turned into housing land, significantly reducing agricultural land, the CEN reported the professor as having said.

According to him, the cost of agricultural input is increasing these years, making it more necessary for farmers to consider and apply the input in a precise way.

“That’s why PA is important for Pakistan to increase agricultural productivity per unit area to feed such a large population of over 212 million,” he explained.

Pakistan is progressing several cooperation and exchange programs with China on different aspects of PA application and Dr. Tahir is leading it.  Dr. Tahir acknowledged that more needs to be done.

“Academic cooperation should be promoted to exchange knowledge and experience from both sides, including training workshops, seminars/conferences, and special talks of experts,” he remarked.



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