FAISALABAD - Constructive ties between experts and policymakers of Indian and Pakistani Punjab would help both the neighbouring countries address the challenges of food security, water and poverty, said a vice chancellor here.

"Exchange of ideas and machinery would provide an opportunity to the engineers and scientists of both the provinces to work together and pull the farmers out of financial crisis, said UAF VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while addressing the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering & Technology.

He praised Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for donating an Indian tractor to UAF that was handed over to the VC during the visit of Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in September. Dr Iqrar termed the Indian gift of tractor a good gesture. He said enormous trade opportunities exist between Pakistani and Indian Punjabs as both the provinces shared common crops like wheat, cotton, corn basmati rice, climate conditions, canal system and agricultural machinery.

He said the Punjab government was giving special emphasis on helping the farmers grow more crops. He recalled his recent visit to Indian Punjab with Minister of Agriculture Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh and other government functionaries to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of PAU, India, a window of further collaboration between both the provinces.