Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture, Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that it is a matter of grave concern that food insecurity is haunting 60 percent of the population in Pakistan. Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan Society of Agronomy (PSA) at New Senate Hall here on Saturday, he stressed upon the agricultural scientists to pace up their work to boost up production in order to feed the increasing population.
The agronomy plays a vital role in increasing productivity amid climate changes and cropping system. He also stressed the need to adopt latest agri practices keeping in view the effectiveness. He said that the world population will touch the nine billion by 2050. Ever growing population was posing a threat to food insecurity. He said that the climate change damaging the productivity. The per capita water availability had decreased and Pakistan was held in the list of the water scare country.
Department of Agronomy Chairman/PSA President Professor Dr Ehsan Ullah said that increase in global food production in the past decades have largely been due to better crop management and advances in agronomy. He said that consistent efforts needed to meet the growing food requirement of the population. PSA former President Dr Hafiz Muhammad Akram said that Pakistan Society of Agronomy is aimed at promoting agronomic research, disseminating scientific information and to provide opportunities for close co-operation and frequent interaction among the agronomist working in various organisations.
The newly-elected office bearers also took oath at the event. The UAF Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Khan administrated the oath. The new cabinet of PSA included Ehsan Ullaf as PSA President, Dr Rasheed Ahmad as Vice President Punjab, Dr Bahir Ahmad Vice President KPK, Dr Inamullah Vice President Sindh, Dr Muhammad Farooq Secretary, Muhammad Idress Secretary and Executive Member Abbas Ali and others.