rawalpindi - Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has said that nowadays food security is one of the major challenges and emphasised that Pakistan needs to adopt new technologies to ensure food security for the public at large.

He stated this while visiting indigenous hydroponics system of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) here yesterday. PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, a large number of faculty members, students, farmers and researchers were also present on the occasion.

The minister urged that agriculture innovations, new varieties and all other technologies must be shared among the farmers to develop agriculture on modern lines. He appreciated the steps taken by PMAS-AAUR for making modern agricultural technology accessible to farmers so they can increase the yields of their crops. He said the establishment of the first indigenous hydroponic/soilless system of Pakistan by PMAS-AAUR would be a milestone in increasing the capability of agro-products.

The minister also appreciated consistent hard work of university to indigenous this very expensive technology to the adoptable level of our farming community.

Earlier, PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad briefed the federal minister that hydroponics system is latest technique to produce safe, nutritious, delicious and high quality vegetables. He said, “Every year, Pakistan imports vegetables from India. If the government takes an interest in promoting these new technologies, we would not need to import from other countries. In fact, the country could earn a lot of foreign exchange by exporting produce to other countries,” he added. He further said, “A conventional farmer gets 5-6 tonnes yield of vegetables from per acre of land but we are yielding 300 tonnes per acre at this PMAS-AAUR Rawat farms through hydroponic system.”