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'Smart farm' to help farmers realize cutting-edge technology, minister says - Newspaper

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Rawalpindi: Punjab Agriculture Minister Saeed Hussein Jahanian Gardeji said on Saturday that “smart farms” will help farmers acquire modern farming techniques to increase agricultural production.

He said this at the inauguration of the Precision Agriculture Center at the University Research Farm (URF). This is Koon from Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi.

The purpose of establishing this center was to promote digital and precision farming at the national level, enabling farmers to be aware of their crop needs in real time.

In addition, Prof. Qamaruz Zaman, Vice Chancellor of Aridity University, Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of Faisalabad Agricultural University and Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi, President of PCSIR also attended the event.

“We are facing heavy losses and the establishment of this farm will be effective in bringing modern farming techniques to the farmers,” said the Punjab Minister of Agriculture.

He called on the university’s vice-chancellor to allow farmers access to such farms so that digital and precision farming can become widespread in Pakistan.

The minister further said that by promoting modern agricultural technology and digital farming, Pakistan can not only become self-sufficient in agricultural production, but also realize the dream of exporting agricultural products.

He congratulated Prof. Kamalz Zaman and his team for establishing the farm, and emphasized the daily update of backend data.

He also congratulated the vice-chancellor for introducing the latest digital and precision agriculture for the first time at the university.

The state minister also indicated a funding allocation for precision agriculture.

Later, the provincial minister launched a smart IoT farm and also explored the use of smart spray, drone technology, GNSS land leveling system, autopilot technology, autoirrigation system and other precision agriculture.

Professor Qamaruz Zaman said in his speech that it is now necessary to strengthen industry-academia collaboration to promote modern agricultural technology, where agricultural scientists must make every effort to solve farmers’ problems. said.

Precision agriculture not only helps produce more per acre, it also helps end poverty and ensure food security.

Emphasizing precision agriculture, he said it can play a dynamic role in tackling all the challenges facing farmers by providing smart farming systems to increase agricultural production. .

The Vice-Chancellor also thanked Dr. Jahanzeb Masood Cheema and Dr. Naveed Tahir for their efforts in establishing the Smart IoT Farm and hopes that the farm will contribute to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

Prof. Iqrar Ahmad Khan stressed the need to adopt more advanced approaches to agriculture and said there is a need to promote modern technologies for precision agriculture and increased productivity.

Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi and Dr. Abid Sulehri congratulated the faculty and vice-chancellor for establishing a smart IoT farm. This makes agricultural production and business more profitable, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly.

Released at Dawn September 25, 2022