ECOSF Participated in Webinar on “Balanced Fertilizer Application in Wheat”
Prof. Dr. Iqrar A. Khan in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), Pakistan Institute for Developmental Economics and CAS-D at PMAS-University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi organized a webinar on “Balanced Fertilizer Application in Wheat” on 12th, September 2020.
Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Professor Emeritus, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad opened the PAS Agriculture Webinar by welcoming the keynote speakers and participants, and presented an overview of meetings’ agenda.
Dr. Muhammad Rashid, former Director General AARI, presented his project results based on data gathered from government laboratories for soil and water analysis.
Dr. Abdul Majeed, Country Manager, ICARDA for Pakistan, explained the involvement of his organization in the expansion of UAF-developed fertilizer prediction model for the promotion of balanced use of fertilizer application. During the project period, it was pointed out that 65% farmers (particularly those with small landholdings) had inadequate information and/or resources to visit the soil testing laboratory and get the pre-sowing analysis done.
Mr. Tariq Javid represented Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) and explained the work of his company in promotion of balanced use of fertilizer. In this context, FFC since its inception is providing free soil & water analyses facility to the farmers across the country.
Dr. Noor Muhammad Butt, Chairman and Professor of Nanotechnology at Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology, explained the development of nano-fertilizers and nano-applications. Dr. Tarlok Singh Sahota shared his work experience with wheat farmers in Canada. Canada grows both Spring and Winter wheat of soft and hard categories. He spoke about the major reasons behind record wheat yield harvest reported in Canada.
Dr. Manzoor Soomro, the Founder President of ECOSF, advocated the training and capacity building needs of the farmers. For the continued and far reaching impact of the fertilizer prediction model project launched by UAF, he emphasized to increase the number of outreach activities for the knowledge dissemination and skill development of local farming community. Dr. Asif Kamran, Agriculture Economist, NIAB appreciated the “Fertilizer Prediction Model” as an excellent concept to predict yield from given level of fertilizer and vice versa.