Lahore- The government has planned to formulate agriculture policy for next decade to boost productivity, said Momin Agha, Special Secretary Agriculture here on Tuesday.

Speaking at an international seminar on climate change, he highlighted the importance of understanding agricultural problems in response to climate change and urged scientists to find solutions of newly grown challenges posed by climatic changes. He said that collaborative efforts were needed to solve this problem of high dimension as climatic changes were a global phenomena and its economic impact needed to be realised.

The seminar held at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and attended by prominent scientists from USA, China, Tiawan and from within the country. The seminar was organized by UAF and funded by Agricultural Model Inter-comparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), USA. 

Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, Ex-DG, PMD said that during last 15-20 years climate had changed dramatically in the country and untimely rains at critical stages of crop growth likely to affect production.  Prof. Dr Gerrit Hoogenboom from Washington State University, USA said that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) was increasing considerably which had contributed to global warming.

Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice-chancellor, UAF elucidated in detail achievements of UAF and said that university had improved its international ranking and has obtained prominent place world over. He informed that university has trained manpower which has provided leadership for community development and boosting agricultural economy.