MOU with Sargodha Chamber Of Commerce and Industries to Establish 'Center Of Excellence on Citrus'

Published On: 17 Dec 2020


To establish 'Center of Excellence for Citrus' the University of Sargodha has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sargodha Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCC&I) on December 17, 2020.

The project worth of Rs 200 million will be funded by the SCC&I through its export developmental funds. The agreement of mutual cooperation was signed by the Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad and Malik Asif Ameer Awan, the president of SCC&I. The center of excellence for citrus will be run and managed by a board of management jointly headed by the president SCC&I and the Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Sargodha University.

Both parties agreed to take initiatives enhancing domestic demand and international export of citrus, dissemination of relevant information, and trainings as well as the capacity building of upcoming entrepreneurs.

Areas of Cooperation

  • Under the MoU, the University will provide the land for this center at its College of Agriculture in which joint research and developmental projects will be run.
  • The University will arrange trainings and counselling for the farmers, growers and stakeholders of local citrus industry.
  • The University will also help the SCC&I by providing the required certificates to enhance citrus export after the establishment of center of excellence for citrus.
  • Addressing the occasion, the Vice Chancellor said that universities should come forward to put value addition in national development and growth as the urgent efforts are needed in the fields like agricultural industry and public policy with special focus on local industry and market in order to improve international competitiveness.

The mega project will yield fruitful results by boosting economic development of Sargodha and the national growth as well.

Malik Asif Ameer Awan

President, SCC&I