A One-Day Seminar on Drip Irrigation System was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur organized by the Department of Economics in collaboration with Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto presided over the seminar.

Speaking on this occasion, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said that Pakistan is a premier agriculture country and having agrarian economy but we are adopting the traditional mode of instruments in agriculture sector. It is high time that we must adopt modern and latest technology in order to achieve the high yield and save the water because we are facing immense water scarcity as result, we have threat of food security. Dr. Ibupoto announced that the Department of Economics will start short courses, diploma courses and long term courses on agriculture economy while other Departments will also initiate the same path.

Dr. Ibupoto said we are striving to revive our academic and research activities. Recently, we have convened a meeting with Higher Education Commission to restart halted programs. Dr. Ibupoto remarked that stringent measures have been taken to control the financial affairs of the University. He said we have maintained transparency in our income which is being generated from the affiliated colleges.   

Dr. Ibupoto said we need the support of all stakeholders, civil society, progressive growers for the development of the University, he added.

Project Director Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project Engr. Ayaz Hussain Abro said that Pakistan has abundant natural resources. Despite these resources still we are not in position to develop our agriculture sector. He said with the latest use of water technology, we can get 90 % more yield from drip irrigation system. He said since 2018, 137 Million Cusecs water has been reduced. The population is increasing day by day. The agriculture land is being utilized for purpose of urbanization and housing schemes.

Engr Ayaz Abro said said that the 63% of the population is linked with the agriculture sector. He said that we have to conserve the water recourses on emergent basis.  

Ms. Naureen briefed the audience about the role of women in agriculture. She said 74% women are participating in agriculture sector but they are ignored in the feudal society owing to lack of education and on the basis of gender.

Earlier, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Rahpoto, Chairman, Department of Economics cordially welcomed the guests and participants. He said the main purpose of this seminar aimed at to sensitize the progressive growers, farmers and land lords about the significance of drip irrigation system and apprised them about the soft image of the Department of Economics and University as well as.

Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Ali Junejo, Dean Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof Dr. Syed Asad Raza Abidi, Prof. Dr. Fayaz Raza Chandio, Prof. Dr. Amir Hussain Shar, Dr. Naveed Ahmed Shaikh, Mr. Sarmad Rahat and growers Raees Ghulam Qasim Jiskani, Mr. Tahir Imtiaz Phulpoto, Mr. Mir Altaf Talpur, Mr. Abdul Jabbar Tagar, Alhaj Abdul Sattar Bhuto, Mr. Mir Gul Hassan, Mr. Mir Zafar Abbas Talpur, Mr. Sirai Waheed Lashari and others attended the seminar.

Mr. Ashique Ali Lashari and Ms. Soonh Rahojo conducted the proceedings of the seminar.