RAWALPINDI - Two training workshops of ten days on Farm Water Management and Food Processing Techniques for Balochistan Farmers commenced at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here on Friday.

Researchers, farmers, people from NGOs, agriculture extension departments, education and research organizations from Balochistan participated in these workshops.

The aim of workshop was to enhance capacity of the Balochistani farmers and agriculture staff in water harvesting, conservation, management and efficient use.

The workshop will also be helpful in providing them theoretical/practical knowledge about on-farm water management. 

This workshop is being organized by PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations and Australian Assistance in Agriculture Boarder Areas of Balochistan (ASABBA) and 40 participants were participating in the workshop.

Food processing training, in which 20 women from Balochistan were participating, will get technical knowledge/skill about food processing and to guide women to set up small agro processing enterprises, to benefit from natural resources existing in their environment.

This food processing training will also be helpful to the community members who want to take up value added food-processing activities in their area. This workshop is organized by the PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations under Balochistan Agriculture Project funded by USAID.

Prof. Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, in his address, highlighted the need of water resource management and food processing training for Balochistan peoples and assured full cooperation of varsity.