A fifteen days training workshop on Hydroponic Agriculture commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday, with an aim to train farmers and float the idea of Hydroponic Agriculture among farmers.
PMAS-AAUR, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the workshop while deans, directors, faculty members and twenty five farmers from different areas of Pakistan including Multan, Faisalabad, Chakwal, Pak patten, Attock and Rawalpindi were also present on the occasion.
Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, while addressing, suggested that hydroponic agriculture is an alternative mode of farming with great potential for high yields in the different regions of the country. He further said that crop growing in soil is difficult because it involves large space, a lot of labor and large volume of water and in some places like metropolitan areas, soil is not available for crop growing. He informed that Hydroponics also known as soil-less culture is a system of growing plants which can also reduce some problems that we experienced in growing crop in soil. It is a technology for growing plants in nutrient solutions with the use of any medium such as rock wool, coconut fiber etc. to provide mechanical support, he added.
He said Pakistan has great potential in the agriculture sector and bringing it along modern lines will ensure future food security.
Reporter. PMAS-AAUR training workshop on Hydroponic Agriculture. Pakistan Observer, February 8, 2017.