HYDERABAD: (Jan 11, 2017) – 3rd International Conference on Agriculture, Food and Animal Sciences (ICAFAS- 2017) at Tandojam, concluded on Wednesday and throughout the two-day discussions generated recommendations, asking for legislation to ensure food security through adequate funding for research and installing integrated rather than independence of the individual components of the entire food chain.
The experts and researchers in 210 presentations on agriculture, animal and food sciences, and social sciences pointed out that the food resources have frequent threats by acute water shortage, deteriorating soil fertility due weather patter change.
They said substandard processing of food products are causing heavy harms to human beings, therefore strict policy may be developed and implemented to avoid food-based ailments.
At the concluding session SAU VC Mujeebudding Memon Sehrai in his concluding remarks said the recommendations designed during these two days discussions will be submitted to the chief minister of Sindh and those authorities to look at it in the interest of the country and masses.
He expressed the hope that the government authorities at province and national level to go through it and take initiative for its implementations.
He said throughout these two days various sessions attracted people concerned cam to learn from research and expertise presented guests hailing from country and some foreign guests.
During the conference the presentations were given by leading researchers, hailing from different universities of Pakistan and some from abroad, covered topic ranging from dairy products, poultry, seafood, agriculture, vegetables and fruits.
The recommendations said since the country population is alarmingly increasing, there is dire need to improve cropping system to obtain high yield to feed the needy masses. The researchers oppose conversion of fertile agriculture lands into human settlements must be restricted by legislation.
Rotation of crops be encouraged to sustain and restore land fertility, they said, adding that micro and macro finances for agriculture purpose must be conditional. For that matter a high level committee based on researchers, academician and government functionaries must be involved to frame issues and options.
They said due to lack of education at mass level, the postharvest losses are enormous and food products are being wasted, Therefore, community mobilization through short term trainings must be encouraged at all levels.
They said genetic potential of indigenous livestock breeds is losing its gene pool and a genetic drift has been noted, therefore there is great need for conservation and restoration of production potential of local animal breeds.
They urged upon public and private sectors to support on technology development and adoption to continue protection and production of potential indigenous animal breeds.
During a session on food security Prof Dr Ven Huang from China in her presentation specifically on Lotus production, said it does not only contributes to provide food for human consumption but is also a part of culture of her country.
She shared findings of research on food security status in China in which she showed the process of lotus production from its see sowing to harvest and processing.
Despite the fact that China is among the developed countries of the world, Prof Dr Ven Huang said her country is also facing serious issue of food security. However, she showed the photographs of research laboratories, equipped with faculties, agriculture projects and products, mainly manufacturing milk powder for infants to keep them safe.
The presentation shows that five ministries are dealing with food security, which include Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industries and commerce and Ministry of livestock. She said Lotus products are healthy and useful for food and impacted on China culture.
Prof M Ismail Kumbhar gave his presentation on Role of NGOs in Sustainable Agriculture in Pakistan, in which he identified the gaps regarding the sustainable agriculture programmes at field level. He recommended that NGO should extend education extension programmes for sustainable agriculture projects in the country.
Dr Javed Aziz Awan, country director Islamic food and nutrition council in his presentation “Concept of food and nutrition in Islam’ talked about the theories adopted long ago. He said traditionally grown food products through plantation, seed sowing, fruit and vegetable cultivation are lawful and health-friendly, which are better in taste, nourishing for body and keep human healthy.
He said milk is the most good nourishing food we produce. Similarly, he also talked about the importance of seafood, honey, vegetables and fruits, which have medicinal value and being used for cure of diseases.
Prof Dr Kurt Pfannkuche University of Cologne Germany, Dr Parshutam Khatri of Livestock Department at SAU, Dr Saghir Shaikh, chairman organizing committee of the conference, Dr Aijaz Soomro, Dr Maqsood Anwer Rustamani, Dr Khalil Ibbu Por, Dr Aijaz Khunharo, Dr Abdullah Arijo, Dr Saffar Mirjat chaired technical sessions in agriculture, food, animal and social sciences.
All the guests were decorated with cultural gifts in their recognition on the occasion by the SAU Vice chancellor.
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