“Pakistan needs to grow oil seeds and pulses to help alleviate poverty,” Iqrar Ahmad Khan, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) vice chancellor, said on Monday.
He was addressing a meeting of deans and directors. Stressing a need for creating awareness among farmers about latest technologies, Khan said Pakistan had a lot of room for development in oil seed and pulses.
Talking about weak areas of the sector, he said the agriculture sector also lacked educated manpower.
He praised the government for taking steps for the improvement of the agriculture sector.
He also praised the chief minister for providing foreign scholarships to students from the University of Agriculture.
He asked the deans to suggest names of best students for scholarships abroad. He also stressed the need for increasing literacy through distant learning.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2014.