Inauguration of Farmers Advisory Desk



There are several serious constraints for resource poor farmers in Sindh province to realize and get the benefits from the technology through advisory services. During the last decade much work has been done for transfer of technology to the resource poor farmers in developed countries, but still in under developed country’s farmers especially in Sindh province of Pakistan is deprived from the demand driven services, while addressing during the inauguration of Farmers Advisory Desk established at Faculty of Crop Production, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam. Prof. Dr. Mujeebuddin Memon Sahrai, Vice Chancellor further said that small scale farmers facing problems of lack of awareness, weak organize negotiation power; Marketing constraints and support price are the main issues. He further added and urged the scientists, researchers, extensions, academia and experts to extend their knowledge to the farming community with the main principles that Advisory services should be driven by user demand and farmers should be equipped with modern technology, further Dr. Mujeeb Said that, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam is preparing PC-I for the establishment of the Advance Farmers Advisory Services Centre. The farmers radio station for dissemination of information, soil testing laboratory for testing the soil at field level, farmers field school will be established to provide firsthand knowledge regarding Agricultural practices, land management practices, animal farm management, Pest and Disease management practices for sustainable agriculture and productivity enhancement for the farmers community for their better livelihood. He said that by the Grace of Allah, all five faculties of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam have established farmer’s advisory desk in all disciplines viz: Crop Production, Crop Protection, Social Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences. HE further added that under the umbrella of farmers advisory services centre all the faculty experts will be involved through advisory services. Prof. Dr. Maqsoon Anwar Rustamani, Dean, Faculty of Crop Protection briefed the participants regarding the achievement of department of Entomology, Pathology and Plant Protection in producing human resource development and providing advisory service to the end users at their door step. He assures that the faculty will support the farming community through their expertise. On the occasion, Prof. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar said that Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam has already signed the MoU with National Organizations and various NGO’s for mobilizing the resource poor farmers for their better livelihood. He further added that SAU has developed linkages with farming community for their technology transfer through extension outreach program and productivity enhancement and PC-I of the SAU regarding the farmers advisory service centre would be helpful for dissemination of information .Prof. Muhammad Mithal Jiskani, also spoke on the occasion and said that with the support of the Vice Chancellor, the university has played an important role for developing relation with farming community. He added that the expert of this faculty has done commendable job in providing latest knowledge to the farmers and conduct research oriented projects on disease and insects, and the university experts are almost involved in providing suggestion and solutions of the crops to the farmers at their door steps. Prof. Dr. Tajwar Sultana appreciate the efforts of the Vice Chancellor, in her address she Furthermore, said that this desk will provide services to the women farmers who are involved in interculturing, and post harvest management practices. She said that the role of rural women in agriculture cannot be ignored and women will be empower through training programs for their capacity building in the field of agriculture and livestock management.. On the occasion Dr. Imran Khatri shared his views to the farmers and expects that the farmers would get benefit from this desk. He extended thanks to the farmers and Vice Chancellor on the occasion, all deans and directors and farmers were present.

 

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