Converting Fertile Lands Into Colonies Need To Be Discouraged:VC

Converting fertile lands into colonies need to be discouraged:VC

FAISALABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 11th Nov, 2016 ) : Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, vice chancellor (VC), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), here on Friday said that conversion of fertile agricultural lands into residential colonies needs to be discouraged as it is posing threat to food security, amid the challenges of shrinking agricultural lands and ever-increasing population. He was inaugurating three-day Agri Tourism Festival, arranged by Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan, as chief guest at Chak No 199, East Canal Road.

He said that with the adoption of modern trends, we can increase agricultural productivity manifold. He said that tourism was a large industry in the world and, in the recent years, the agri tourism had gained popularity and it is attracting the urban population. He said that the university was strengthening its ties with the farming community and industry in order to effectively address their problems. Vice President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Rao Sikandar said the festival would provide an opportunity to the urban population to break their monotonous routine and spend some time in the rural culture that would fascinate them.

He said that 'Lassi' is a hygienic drink, but its use is decreasing. There is need to revive our cultural values and products, he added. Tariq Tanvir, CEO, Agri Tourism Development Corporation, said that the festival was meant for highlighting the rural culture and products.