FAISALABAD: The University of Agriculture (UAF) is funding 214 research projects at a cost of Rs1,600 million, UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan told a Turkish delegation on Sunday.
The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and UAF signed a cooperation agreement to uplift improve livestock in Faisalabad district.
An MoU was signed by Kenan Uysal, acting Programme Coordinator at TIKA, and Professor Khan.
A Turkish delegation headed by Uysal is on a 10-day visit to UAF. The delegation met deans and directors of UAF at the Syndicate Room on Sunday.
TIKA representatives Aziz Ozturk, Halil Erol and Mahmood Saeed joined them.
“The Turkish government will provide five goats of beetal breed each to 48 selected families in Faisalabad district with the aim of promoting modern goat breeding systems,” Uysal said.
He said that the relations between Pakistan and Turkey should be strengthened through academic exchange programmes and research linkages to cope with challenges faced by both.
He said that Pak-Turk relations had withstood the test of time. “We can be termed ‘one nation, two countries’,” he said.
He said that the UAF’s achievement of winning of the Islamic Development Bank’s Science and Technology Award from amongst 56 countries was commendable.
Dr Khan told the delegation that the UAF was one of the oldest agricultural universities in the subcontinent. “It can be considered the mother of all agriculture universities in the region,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 4th, 2012.