LAHORE - The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Jassar Farms Private Limited (JFPL) have entered into a partnership to take up joint information collection and dissemination initiatives to strengthen dairy potential.

UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and JFPL Chief Executive Dr Shahzad S. Iqbal signed a MoU on Saturday.

JFPL chairman Shukat Iqbal, UVAS dean faculty of veterinary sciences Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, dean faculty of bio-sciences, dean faculty of livestock and business management Prof Dr Habib-ur-Rehman and UVAS registrar Dr Muhammad Afzal were also present on the occasion.

The primary purpose of the MoU is to engage both parties in collaborative and cooperative efforts to promote modern dairy farming in Pakistan. The both will also work together to maximize knowledge base in the genetics improvement areas and conducting research and producing training material and providing extension services to dairy farmers. They also launch awareness campaign on latest techniques and technologies which are in vogue in developed nation to enhance productivity with particular focus on usage of high quality semen, embryo transfer technology, animal nutrition & superior farm management practices.

UVAS VC said, “We have to develop the livestock sector strength by adopting the research and sought out solution not for industry but to the farmers.” He explained that university was focusing on result oriented research which was being helpful to uplift the livestock sector.

JFPL Chief Executive Dr Shahzad S. Iqbal said that 35 million populations was working directly in livestock sector, adding that it was need of the hour to develop such sector and transform the fate of farmers. Dr Shahzad added that such partnership would be valuable and new avenues of research and lactating animal lines would be introduce genetically for the sake of milk potential.

He lauded the UVAS‘s contribute to the agro-economy and making utmost efforts to uplift the poultry, dairy and extension services in this regard.

JFPL will offer internship and research facilities for the UVAS students, Dr Shahzad added. The MoU would remain valid for three years.