‘Agriculture is backbone of economy’

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It is the age of multi disciplinary research and Innovations: Says Jhagra

Intl` Conference on Emerging Trends

PESHAWAR: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Pakistan which can play a pivotal role in boosting up economic development of the country. Moreover, he added, it is the responsibility of the Agriculture University and other relevant institutions and departments to introduce such scientific advancements which can further ameliorate research based activities in agriculture sector.
This, he said, while presiding over the Senate meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s University of Agriculture at Governor’s House, Peshawar on Wednesday wherein lengthy agenda of further streamlining the working of the institution was discussed. The meeting beside others was also attended by Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Ikram Ullah Ganda Pur, Vice Chancellor Agriculture University.
, Prof. Dr. Zahoor Swati, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Agriculture, Principal Secretary to Governor, representatives of Higher Education Commission and members of the senate of the university.
The Agriculture University, the Governor said can play a vital role in the development of agriculture sector of the province which can prove of great help for ensuring economic stability of the people. He appreciated the management of the University of Agriculture Peshawar for conducting broad based research in various fields of studies and emphasized to bring more improvement. The Governor urged the University administration to ensure utilization of funds with transparency and in accordance with financial action plan.
Earlier the vice chancellor of the university briefed the meeting regarding administrative, research, curriculum activities of the university.
Mean while Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said that it is the age of multi disciplinary research and Innovations. The institutions engaged in the fields of research and innovations with success stories have been doing miracles, he added.
This he said while addressing the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering, Management and Sciences (ICETEMS-2016) as a chief guest in City University, Peshawar on Wednesday. The President of the City University Mr. Saboor Sethi, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Atta Ullah Shah and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing the conference the Governor appreciated the efforts and exertions of the organizing committee of the conference and said that the organizers have provided a platform to scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and industrialists to come closer for developing innovative solutions. In fact, he said, Pakistan in general and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in particular, is placed at a very significant Geo-strategic position and as a gateway to the global trade. In this context, the investment of more than $50 billion under CPEC project is bound to bring a change in the destiny of the region. It is now up to the engineers and scientists to exploit the opportunities, provided under such mega projects in the best interest of the nation.