FAISALABAD (April 14 2009): Agricultural scientists should explore new possibilities in agriculture research and should learn problem handling in different ways. This was stated by Dr Zafar Altaf, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Islamabad while addressing agricultural scientists at Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, Faisalabad.
He said that dignity of agricultural scientists must be fully protected and Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, scientists fully deserve better and incentive oriented pay structure to improve quality of agricultural research.
Dr Zafar Altaf urged the scientists to make research to reduce use of factor inputs like fertilisers, pesticides and fuel and make efforts to produce bio pesticides, bio herbicides and bio fuel products for the benefit of agriculture sector of the country.
The use of biotechnology could pave the way for achieving major break through in agriculture research and consequently increasing agricultural productivity Dr Zafar Altaf told the scientists. He informed that at PARC experiments are being conducted to grow rice without standing water and use of bio herbicides is being promoted to control weeds.
He stressed the need for replacing chemical farming with organic farming to curb soil degradation and bringing sustainability in agricultural production Dr Zafar Altaf also visited farm area of AARI and appreciated efforts of scientists in evolving high yielding hybrid varieties of vegetables and other crops. Earlier Dr Muhammad Rashid, Director General Agri. (Research) briefed the Chairman about functions and organisational set up of AARI Faisalabad.
Highlighting the achievements of institute he stated that AARI scientists have evolved 373 new varieties of crops but poor and out dated service structure is adversely affecting research quality of the institute. He demanded that AARI scientists should not be discriminated and new service structure should be approved so that scientists should work with dedication and devotion.