FAISALABAD-All policy initiatives should originate from academic and agriculture research institutions so that government could formulate policies to solve problems confronted by the farmers and increase agricultural productivity. This was stated by Punjab Agriculture Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir while addressing agricultural scientists at Ayub Agricultural Research Institute Faisalabad here the other day.  He underlined the importance of concerted efforts by agriculture scientists, government institutions and private sector to invigorate agriculture sector and solve new emerging problems of the farming community.  The Secretary got acquaintance about the research achievements of the Institute and besides appreciating efforts of the scientists highlighted the importance of informing the farmers about the research findings of the Institute. He stressed the need of improving coordination among the different wings of Agriculture Department and strengthening linkage between agricultural research and extension for achieving desired results for helping the farmers.  He said that Ayub Agricultural Research Institute upholds unique and distinguished position among the research institutions not only within the country but also research achievements of the Institute had been recognized throughout the world.  The Agriculture Secretary also observed the agricultural exhibition at AARI, Faisalabad and took briefing from the heads of various institutes and sections. He was informed about the new varieties of wheat, sugarcane, cotton, rice, edible oils, fruits and vegetables by the respective director Dr Noorul Islam, and the Punjab Agri (Research) Director General highlighted the research priorities of the Institute. He informed that the Institute scientists were conducting research keeping in view the climatic and weather conditions of different regions of the Punjab province to develop region oriented new varieties. Later on, Secretary Agriculture visited University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and obtained briefing about the academic and research activities of the university.Briefing the Secretary, VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad said that the University not only earned top position nationally but clinched Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Science & Technology Award-2012 with a cash prize of $1,00,000 dollars. In 2013, QS World University Ranking in the subject category of agriculture and forestry placed it on 142nd position by evaluation more than 3,000 universities of the world, he added.