The Spring Festival 2016 began with colourful events here at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad on Monday.

The festival will features colourful events including book fair, agricultural exhibition, greyhounds race, agricultural exhibition, Kissan convention, fancy birds show; tent-pegging, nutrition festival and many more during the 10 days.

On the first day of the festival 2016, a book fair was arranged at the Main Library of UAF that remained the centre of focus for the book-lovers.

The fair was inaugurated by UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad. At the fair, 32 stalls are established in which 70,000 books are put on display on subsidized rate.

Speaking to the participants, the UAF VC said the festival is meant for providing a platform to enhance interaction among farming, researchers and industry that would help increase agricultural productivity.

He also showed his concern that with the technological development, the book reading trend is showing a declining.

He stressed the need for promoting book reading habits as it helps in ideological growth of the people. He said that significance of books remains intact and it is imperative for development.

He said that the UAF is setting up another state-of-the-art three-story library comprising 39,000 square feet in which a heavy space would be given to e-library keeping in view the new trends.

On the other hand, greyhounds' race was also arranged in which 20 imported greyhounds and 25 country breed greyhounds are participating that will continue till March 2.

On Tuesday, the Agricultural Exhibition at Expo Centre and Fancy Bird Show will begin in the morning while the tent pegging will be held at tent pegging show at 1pm while the milking competition will continue.

On March 2, prize distribution of milk competition and greyhounds will be arranged at 2pm. On March 3-4, international seminar on role of agricultural engineering in smart agriculture will be held.

On March 5, Kissan Convention will be held at 9:30am.

On March 9-10, National Institute of food Sciences and Technology, UAF is holding the nutrition mela. It is meant for promotion of the healthy food, and active lifestyle.