Published On: Thu, Dec 19th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

Farmer Mela concludes with pledge to enhance cooperation for agriculture development

Share This

ISLAMABAD: The two-day 2nd FAO-AAN Share-Mela concluded here on Wednesday with determination by the representatives of the small farmers to enhance coordination and cooperation among themselves for the development of agriculture and uplift of poor farming community.

The mela was jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Alumni Associations Network (AAN) in collaboration with Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC).

As many as seventy five small-scale farmers’ organizations, twenty five research institutions and private sector enterprises from across the country participated in the event.

The farmers had set up stalls, exhibiting their agriculture products to encourage and share experiences.

Speaking on the concluding session of the Mela, Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed expressed the hope that such events would be organized in future to bring about change in the farming community.

He said that the platform of AAN has provided an opportunity to farmers to fight for their rights and interact with the agriculture scientists to help promote the agriculture sector on modern lines.

He was of the view that small farmers have the major contribution in producing the food for the country’s population adding that farmer-led research that was initiated ten years back would be intensified for better results.

He said that there would be a paradigm shift from national research to ‘farmers research’ where farmers would be involved in the process for producing better results.

He said that there is need of reaching out to farmers and talking to them in their own language, adding the farmers’ organization can play an important role in this regard.

He said research could only be successful when it reaches to the farmers, so a lot of work is still to be done to take the research results to practicing farmers.

He said that innovations and new technologies should reach to the farmers who can enhance their produce with proper application of these techniques.

Director General (DG), National Agriculture Research Center, Azeem A. Khan while speaking on the occasion said that the scientists intend to transform the agriculture from conventional to an innovative sector to uplift the poor and consequently the economy of the country.

He said there is need to pass on new and innovative technologies to the farmers for the better future of the agriculture sector.

Nasar Hayat, a representative of FAO congratulated the organizers for arranging the mela.

At the end, medals were distributed among the competitors who got top positions in their project exhibitions. Medals were also distributed among the representatives of the participating organizations.

The 1st position holder in project exhibition, Sadah Umarkot, got gold medal while second prize was clinched by Kisan Welfare Association Azad Kashmir and third prize was shared by three different organizations.

Speaking on the occasion, representatives of the farmer organizations thanked the organizers for arranging the event which provided an opportunity to farmers to share their knowledge and experiences for the better future of agriculture sector.