MULTAN

Korean Ambassador in Pakistan Dr Song Jong-Hwan has said that Pakistan can make progress by following Korean model.

Addressing the participants of Mango Seminar organized by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture here the other day, he added that he heard a lot about Pakistani mango and he desired that these mangoes should be as easily available in Korea as in Pakistan. He pointed out that he had made $500 million investment in different Pakistani projects including IT Park Islamabad, N-5, Children Complex and clean drinking water which benefited over 100,000 people.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr Asif Ali said that Pakistani mango is known in the world for its unique taste. “But the snag is that we cannot get full benefit of this unique feature as we fail to export or store it properly,” he regretted. He pointed out that a number of by-products were made of mango but we failed to manufacture value added products of mango. He said that we could boost the performance of our industry with the help of Korea which would result into an increase in our production. “We need to adopt three Korean principles; develop the village, self reliance and unanimity in decisions to achieve success,” he added. He declared that the varsity had a mission to produce such graduates which would generate job opportunities for others instead of relying on others for jobs.

Dr Muhammad Ameen of University of Agriculture Faisalabad said in his address that Pakistan was the sixth largest mango producer in the world. “There strong chances that we can improve this ranking by adopting latest technology,” he added.

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT STRESSED: Speakers at a seminar stressed the need for women empowerment and equal opportunities for them here on Wednesday. The seminar was organized by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) on torture on women and their harassment and Dr Angela Dziedzom Akorsu, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana, spoke as a guest speaker.

Delivering her lecture, Dr Angela said that women were the most important portion of the society and they should be offered equal rights and opportunities in all fields of life. She added that the world had become a global village where women played equally import role. “Only those societies can make progress in today’s world where women and men work together equally,” she noted. She stressed upon the women to utilize their time carefully to avoid any complications at home.

Speaking on this occasion, MNSUA Vice Chancellor Dr Asif Ali said that sustainable development of the country is subjected to the participation of women in society. He said that the varsity offered equal opportunities and rights to men and women.

The seminar was also attended by registrar of Women University Ms Fehmida Khakwani, Ms Qudsia Khakwani, Hafsa Umar, Sidra Ghazanfar and a large number of varsity students.