The Center for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT) held a two-day workshop on ‘Nature Inspired Sustainable Agriculture’ from January 24 – 25, 2020. This workshop was aimed towards information dissemination, engaging key stakeholders and promoting dialogue for adoption of sustainable or paradoxical agriculture practices in line with the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. The first day comprised of a field visit to two farms located in Sharaqpur and Sukhehki respectively. Participants were exposed to practical demonstrations and innovative farming techniques for effective production.
The workshop’s second day consisted of presentations from keynote speakers, as well as, moderated discussions on current and future practices in Pakistani agriculture. Mr. Asif Sharif, CEO, Pedaver presented his original work on paradoxical agriculture; highlighting techniques modern farmers can adopt to increase their production.
Dr. Mahmood Ahmad, an expert trainer and agro-economist, then presented an economic analysis of Rice, which compared the profitability of conventional and sustainable cultivation practices.
The workshop was attended by Syed Babar Ali, Founding Pro Chancellor LUMS and private and public sector representatives, among who were Dr. Salman Shah, Advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Abid Bodla, Infrastructure Development, Government of Punjab, and Dr. James Wescoat, Member of the WIT Advisory Board and Professor at MIT USA.