KFUEIT Hosts “Kissan Mela”, Pioneering Agricultural Advancements and International Collaboration

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Rahim Yar Khan
The two-day “Kissan Mela” commenced at Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology. The purpose of the expo was to provide awareness to local farmers about advancements in agricultural production. Stalls were set up by companies from Pakistan and various countries worldwide, offering modern agricultural tools, services, and other vital information related to farming.
The inauguration of the expo was conducted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Shehzad Murtaza, alongside national and international experts. Representatives from organizations such as GIZ, IFPRI, IWMI, and the Asian Development Bank, among others, were present, while more than two thousand farmers participated in the event. The atmosphere was vibrant with cultural colors, drum beats, and Qawwali performances.
In conjunction with the Farmers’ Expo inauguration, an international conference addressing the impacts of environmental changes was held. Over two hundred researchers from universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Australia presented their research work and research articles.
German delegates, including representatives from GIZ Pakistan like Mr. Stoyanka Stoyanov, Engineer Tofeeque, Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Shahid Saleem, Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Arshad, Dr. Nasir Mahmood, along with other officials, praised Khwaja Fareed University for its excellent arrangements to enhance agriculture. Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr. Shehzad Murtaza, Registrar Dr. Muhammad Sagir, and Head of Agriculture Engineering Dr. Yasir Niaz were congratulated for their efforts in organizing the event.
Officials emphasized that when farmers prosper, the entire nation prospers. Pakistan being an agrarian country, there is a pressing need to strengthen agricultural research along innovative lines. They highlighted the pivotal role universities can play in solving farmers’ issues and the necessity to work collaboratively to strengthen agriculture and mitigate seasonal impacts.
Professor Dr. Shehzad Murtaza thanked the guests, organizers, and partners, stating that Khwaja Fareed University will continue its role in addressing agricultural challenges and providing consultancy to farmers. Such programs at Khwaja Fareed University are synonymous with illuminating the path forward, and they will persist in their endeavors.
All attendees visited the expo stalls at the Farmers’ Expo and expressed their satisfaction. Registrar Dr. Muhammad Sagir, Controller Examinations Dr. Shahid Attique, Dr. Badar ul Islam, Dr. Bilal Tahir, Dr. Aslam Khan, Dr. Jallat Khan, Dr. Farhan Chughtai, along with heads of various departments, faculty and staff members, and a large number of students were present at the event.