Small scale farmers trained in water management skills
The Department of Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture organized two-day workshop titled 'Developing Approaches to Enhance Farmer Water Management Skills in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh in Pakistan,' to help farmers in water management skills.
Two-day workshop was held on September 17-18, 2018 supported by an international project under Australian Center for International Agricultural Research awarded to Assistant Professor of University of Canberra, Australia, Dr Heaney-Mustafa Sandra, and other partners including Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Social Sciences Research Institute-National Agricultural Research Centre and Society of Facilitators and Trainers, Islamabad.
Sargodha district was selected for the research purpose among other districts of the country including Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Tandojam (Sindh) and Quetta (Balochistan).
Following were the objectives of this workshop:
- To prepare the trainers in the subject matter for further training of the farmers so that they could take their own decisions at village level under their own leadership for transferring and sharing knowledge on sustainable basis.
- To apply different learning models for the trainers such as value management, collaborative problem solving and discovery learning.
The workshop provided the participants learning about interacting with their clientele in the field and making them to apply modern approaches to save water for the coming generations of Pakistan.
Dr Sandra, the Principal Investigator of the ACIAR project, was the lead instructor during the workshop. Dr Richard Culas, Lecturer at Charles Sturt University of Australia had also joined the workshop and had impressive talk with students and faculty of the Agriculture College.
He noted that encroachment of agricultural lands in Punjab by housing schemes and other kind of commercial projects and water related issues are badly affecting the overall agriculture product of Punjab.
Dr Culas was of the opinion that planting trees in dry regions could make better use of scarce water resources increasingly threatened by climate change.
Speaking at the certificate awarding ceremony, the Vice Chancellor said that considering the acute water-related problems particularly in Punjab, Sargodha University strives to play its part in bringing about much-needed reforms in national water policy, irrigation and water management system by extending its international collaborations for quality research and provision of adequate training to the local farmers.
On the occasion, the Vice Chancellor offered the adjunct faculty member position to Dr Culas to work closely with the post-graduate students and faculty of the College of Agriculture at Sargodha University. The latter accepted the offer and decided that the TORs for appointment will be formulated later on.