Rawalpindi - The speakers at a seminar said that value addition of agriculture products can help increase exports and earn maximum foreign exchange for the country. They stated this while addressing a seminar on “Entrepreneurial thinking & Paradigm Change in Agriculture” here at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi yesterday.

Kil UNG Kim, Project Manager PaK-Korea Capacity Building Center (PKCBC) for Agriculture and Livestock Technology at PMAS-AAUR, was the chief guest. While addressing, he highlighted the importance of value added agriculture product and insisted that the farmers should adopt the latest techniques of production and value addition in their produce, so that they can earn more through export as well. He said that there is an urgent need for the agriculture sector in Pakistan to improve its performance and enable farmers to raise their yields through better agriculture techniques.

He was of the view that there is dire need to take initiative to train the farmers on how to increase on-farm productivity, value-addition, marketing and more advanced techniques in on-farm management. He emphasized that this will help eradicate the food shortage and improve the foreign exchange in Pakistan. He urged the capacity building program for farmers in addressing the agricultural innovation and farm management skills. 

PMAS-AAUR Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Amad in his address stressed the need for focusing on value addition and said that it is the need of the hour to shift agriculture on modern trends to make Pakistan a food sufficient country and improve the financial condition of farming community. He said that the establishment of PKCBC for Agriculture and Livestock Technology at the university was replication of “Saemaul Undong Program” which would be helpful for the improving livelihood of the area farmers. He hoped that PKCBC will be helpful for the training, demonstration and capacity building of farmers including pest management, food technology, tunnel farming, kitchen gardening, value addition of fruits, vegetable and soil & water conservation practices.