The Institute of Horticulture Sciences (IHS), University of Agriculture and PUM, Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding to co-operate and work together in the field of floriculture, a branch of science dealing with flower farming. The accord was inked by IHS Director Professor Dr Muhammad Amjad and Dr Leen B Hanenberg from PUM, Netherlands at the vice chancellor`s office.
The objectives of the project include development of curriculum modules for imparting knowledge, skills training to the personnel in floriculture chain in Pakistan, training of 20 people per year and a minimum of 200 seminar participants a year to kick off seminar on flower production and marketing, to set up operational body and search for funding to improve flower industry.
According to the agreement, for the purpose of project, IHS will provide local hospitality for the PUM experts, provide space and make efforts to arrange for the two visits to Netherlands of its staff.
The IHS leader and his team will be responsible for selection of trainees and trainers, approach relevant bodies and companies in the private sector and create awareness about the project and sensitise about the issues, administration and organise the project. It would also arrange seminars and workshops according to the agreed schedule and will make results sustainable for the future.
The PUM project team would be responsible for selection of experts from Netherlands, proposals for relevant curricula, training, organisation of experts` mission to Pakistan, organisation of study visit to Netherlands and exchange of information with the institute and other entities.
Each partner will appoint a project manger that will be responsible for day to day activities of the project. Each partner will further develop its team. The team leaders will consult with each other on all the project issues and will prepare annual activity plans. Floriculture, or flower farming, is a discipline of horticulture concerned with the cultivation of flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and floristry, comprising the floral industry. The development plant breeding of new varieties is a major occupation of floriculturists.