The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Nestle Pakistan Limited will enhance their cooperation in areas of agricultural and livestock researches especially keeping in view uplift of agrarian and dairy sector to increase milk, meat production and per acre yield with highly nutrient foods.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan and Nestle Pakistan Limited Managing Director Ian James Donald. Nestle will also invest in internship and general scholarships for the UAF students to develop their skill sets and equip them with state of the art education.
On the occasion, the UAF Vice Chancellor said that nutrient food is one of the areas in which country is lagging behind. Tangible steps on the part of farming community and scientists are required to meet the challenge. He showed his concern that per animal milk production in the country was very low compared to other countries despite the fact that the country has 50 million livestock animals.
He said that Pakistan was self sufficient in food but water issues are disturbing the equilibrium. He called for devising a roadmap to produce and provide nutritious food to the people of the country with the help of researches and giving awareness to the masses.
Nestle Pakistan Ltd Managing Director Ian James Donald urged the university scientists to give them suggestions to meet the challenges of food security and nutrient food across the country to redress the sufferings of the common man. He showed Nestle’s commitment to step up efforts in this regard. He added that the economic growth in Pakistan was less than India that must be expedited to meet the challenges of the growing population.
Donald said that milk production per animal in Pakistan was many fold below the other countries and that is a serious concern. He stressed the need to join hands in order to redress the suffering of farming community by taking initiative to increase the productivity that will not only result in increasing the income of farmers but will also help earn foreign exchanges for the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2012.