National Agriculture Research Centre Delegation Visits IUB to Discuss Water-Saving Irrigation

A delegation from NARC's Climate Energy and Water Research Institute visited IUB to discuss implementing a water-saving drip irrigation system. The system aims to reduce water usage by over 50% and promote sustainable agriculture in the face of growing water scarcity.

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National Agriculture Research Centre Delegation Visits IUB to Discuss Water-Saving Irrigation

National Agriculture Research Centre Delegation Visits IUB to Discuss Water-Saving Irrigation

On May 3, 2024, a delegation, climate, energy, water, research, inst from the Climate Energy and Water Research Institute of the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) visited the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB). The purpose of the visit was to discuss the implementation of the Response Drip Irrigation System, a new generation smart irrigation technology that can save over 50% of water used in irrigation.

Why this matters: The implementation of water-saving irrigation systems is crucial in the face of growing water scarcity and climate change, and can have a significant impact on food security and sustainable agriculture. By adopting suchuse, stressed, save, water, countries can reduce their water footprint, mitigate the effects of droughts, and ensure a more resilient food system.

Thedelegation, callsmembers met with IUB Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Naveed Akhtar in his office. Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, Director of the Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies and Department of Horticulture, Dr. Muhammad Amin, and Dr. Muhammad Ishtiaq provided a detailed briefing on the Response Drip Irrigation System. This technology is suitable for vegetables, fruit trees, field crops, and more.

IUB has plans to install"Model Demonstration Field Trials"for the Response Drip Irrigation System. Prof. Dr. Naveed Akhtar expressed appreciation for the efforts and cooperation of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Center Islamabad. Dr. Bashir Ahmed, Director of Climate, Energy, and Water Resources at NARC, gave a detailed presentation on the system.

Prof. Dr. Tanveer Hussain Turabi, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, highlighted the opportunities provided to students, researchers, scientists, and early career researchers on climate, energy, and water resources at NARC. Prof. Dr. Wajid Naseem Jatoi, Director of the International Center for Climate Change, Food Security and Sustainability, thanked the delegation for their visit and support in capacity building, teaching, and research through practical cooperation between the two institutions.

The delegation members also visited the Cholistan Institute of Desert Studies, where they met with Dr. Muhammad Abdullah, the Institute's Director. They praised his team's efforts to improve the desert ecosystem. The collaboration between IUB and NARC aims to implement the water-saving Response Drip Irrigation System in the region and provide opportunities for students, researchers, and scientists to work together on climate, energy, and water resources.

Key Takeaways

  • Delegation from NARC's Climate Energy and Water Research Institute visited IUB's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
  • Purpose of visit: to discuss implementation of Response Drip Irrigation System, which can save over 50% of water used in irrigation.
  • Water-saving irrigation systems crucial in face of growing water scarcity and climate change.
  • IUB plans to install "Model Demonstration Field Trials" for Response Drip Irrigation System.
  • Collaboration aims to implement water-saving technology in region and provide opportunities for students, researchers, and scientists.