A training workshop on “Drip Irrigation Systems for Vegetables and Nurseries” held at NTHRI, Shinkiari, KPK. It was joint activity of Climate Change, Alternate Energy and Water Resources Institute (CAEWRI) and National Tea and High Value Crop Research Institute (NTHRI) with the collaboration of Pak-China, coordination unit and water component Project, NARC, Islamabad.
The Training workshop was divided in two sections i.e., poster and field demonstration. On the behalf of Dr .F.S.Hamid Sr. Director (NTHRI), Mr. Abdul Waheed, PSO, NTHRI, Shinkiari welcomed the participants and briefed about training workshop activities.
Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, Senior Director, Crop Science Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad addressed on water issued and stressed that water conservation should be carried out at each level especially at the farm. Water is playing vital role in agriculture, especially in vegetable and fruit through drip irrigation systems in the country where water is valuable. Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmad, Director, CAEWRI presented the overview of issues and potential of drip irrigation systems in Pakistan. Dr. Munir briefed the farmers that the drip system can easily be installed and handled the drip irrigation systems especially in tunnel farming at farm level. Engr. Abdul Ghafoor Mangrio, program leader, agricultural water explained the components and layout of irrigation system along with its functions. Engr. Zaffar Islam, Scientific Officer, demonstrated the installation of system, water measurement, and distribution from emitters. He also explained the operational troubles and its solution in the field. The participants acknowledged PARC/NARC role in developing agriculture sector in the country and emphasized for greater linkages with local farmer organizations and NGO’S in Hazara Division, KPK Province.
Forty professionals from KP provincial government NGO’s, and Farmers participated in the training workshop.
Dr. F.S.Hamid, Sr.Director, NTHRI, Shinkiari presented that there is great potential in vegetables and fruit production by adaptation of drip irrigation system technology, especially in District Mansehra. He thanked participants for taking keen interest in training. Professionals form NARC assured the participants to extend full cooperation for such type of other trainings and demonstrations in future because extension of new technologies to the farmers is major promise of PARC / NARC authorities. After the completion of program, the certificates were also awarded to all trainees.
Engr. Abdul Ghafoor Mangrio Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Program Leader Senior Director (SI), NARC
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