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Advanced technologies needed to avoid food scarcity: experts

ISLAMABAD (January 25 2008): Agriculture experts at a workshop here stressed the need for utilising modern technologies for the development of agriculture sector to avoid food scarcity in future.

`We have no option but to switch to modern technologies to upgrade our farming methodologies for boosting agriculture productivity and for securing better agriculture prospectus for the coming generations,` the speakers observed.

The first one-day workshop on Agriculture Decision Support System (ADSS) was jointly organised by Centre for Agro-Informatics Research, National ICT R&D Fund of the Ministry of Information Technology and Foundation for Advancement of Computer and Engineering Sciences (FAST). More than 30 participants relating to agriculture and agriculture support system attended the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion Rector, FAST Dr Amir Mehmood stressed the need for devising comprehensive strategy to cater to the food requirements of future adding that adherence to modern technologies was the only way to secure the agriculture future of the country.

`Our food requirements keep on increasing but we have limited land resources to benefit from and there is no other solution but to consult advanced techniques of farming,` he said In his remarks, Project Director ADSS, Dr Ahsan Abdullah briefed the participants about aims and objectives of ADSS saying that the database would help the analysts, policy makers and at the bottom-level to the farmers to control attack of pests on various crops.

Chief Executive Officer National ICT and R&D Fund, Dr Qasim Sheikh described the formation of ADSS as very positive and encouraging, however, underline the importance for developing a mechanism for the collection of correct and reliable data.

Dr Manzoor Soomro of Pakistan Agriculture The ADSS-OLAP provides an interactive way of viewing agriculture data from different points of views with graphs and charts, facilitating the analysts to have correct information about pests crossing the Economic Threshold Level (ETL). Later certificates were distributed among the participants of the workshop.


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