ISLAMABAD, (Parliament Times) : Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said that the Federal and Punjab Governments are committed to utilizing all resources to introduce industry and smart technology related to agriculture and other sectors.
He stated this at a ceremony of laying the foundation stone of National Center for Industrial Biotechnology (NCAB) and solarization project at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Friday.
On the occasion, Punjab Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman, Chairman Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Syed Hussain Abidi, University faculty members, students, deans and directors were also present.
The Federal Minister said that the federal government and the provincial government of Punjab are committed to the development of agriculture and allied industries. He further said that the present government is striving for the promotion of science and technology and therefore the government is committed to utilizing all the resources to introduce industry and smart technology in agriculture and other sectors.
Pakistan is an agricultural country and it is essential for the development of the country that the agro-based industry be established on a scientific basis. The establishment of the National Center for Industrial Biotechnology (NCIB) at PMAS-AAUR will enable research on the manufacture of medicines and other products from plants and microscopic organisms. It will be possible to meet them and even earn significant foreign exchange from their exports.
Punjab Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi appreciated and lauded the efforts of PMAS-AAUR. He said that working on biotechnology, precision agriculture and the establishment of the National Center for Industrial Biotechnology will be helpful to introduce smart technology in agriculture, especially in the field of agricultural engineering. He hoped that modern technology in agriculture will not only help to save time and improve work quality but will also uplift the economy of the country.
Earlier, Prof. Dr. Qamar uz Zaman, Vice-Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR gave a briefing on the National Center for Industrial Biotechnology and Solarization Project of the University. He said that the university would generate its electricity through the solarization project. The project is pollution-free and environmentally friendly.
Prof. Dr. Ghazala Kokab Project In charge gave a briefing on the National Center for Industrial Biotechnology and Dr. Jahanzeb Masood Cheema Associate Professor Agricultural Engineering Technology briefed on precision Agriculture.
Federal Minister along with Punjab Agriculture Minister and PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor conferred research awards among the faculty members of PMAS-AAUR.