FAISALABAD - The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad and Nestle Pakistan Ltd will enhance their cooperation in the areas of agricultural and livestock researches, especially keeping in view the uplift of agrarian and dairy sector to increase milk, meat production and per acre yield with highly nutrient foods.

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was duly signed by UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan and Nestle Pakistan Ltd Managing Director Ian James Donald. National Institute of Food Science and Technology Director General Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum and Nestle Chairman Syed Yawar Ali and other notables were also present on the occasion. The Nestle will also invest in internship and general scholarships for the UAF students to increase their skills and equip them with the state-of-the-art education.

Speaking on the occasion, the UAF VC said that nutrient food was one of the areas in which country was lagging behind. Tangible steps on the part of farming community and scientists are required to ride out the challenge.

He showed his concern that per animal milk production in the country was very low compared to other countries despite the fact that we were having 50 million livestock animals.  He added that the Pakistan was the food sufficient country but the water issues are disturbing the situation. He called for devising a roadmap to provide nutrient food to the people of the country with the help of researches and giving awareness to the masses.

Nestle Pakistan Ltd Managing Director Ian James Donald urged the university scientists to give them suggestions to meet the challenges of food security and nutrient food across the country to redress the sufferings of the common man. He showed the commitment of his organization to step up efforts in this regard. He added that the economic growth in Pakistan was less than India that must be expedited to meet the challenges of the growing population. 

The Nestle Chairman said that milk production per animal in Pakistan was many fold below the other counties, that is a serious concern. He stressed the need for joining hand to redress the suffering of farming community by taking initiative to increase the productivity that will not increase the income of farmers but also help earn foreign exchanges for the country. 

Crackdown directed: Commissioner Gujranwala Division Abdul Jabbar Shaheen has directed the officials concerned to launch a crackdown on the land grabbers and extortionists to protect the honour and property of people in the district.

He stated this while addressing an important meeting of the local elected representatives held here the other day. Regional Police Officer (RPO) Capt (r) Muhammad Ameen, Sialkot DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal, DPO Afzaal Ahmed Kausar, MNA Rana Abdul Sattar, MPAs - Ch Yahya Gul Nawaz, Ch Jamil Ashraf Baryar, Ch Ikhlaq Ahmed, Liaqat Ali Ghuman, Ch Munawar Ali Gill, Rana Asif Mehmood, Liaqat Ali Ghuman, Naeem Nasir Khawaja and former MNA Sahibzada Syed Iftikharul Hassan Shah also attended the meeting.

The participants of the meeting were apprised that noose around the criminals, Qabza mafia, land grabbers and Jagga Tax collectors had been tightened in the district.