The ASAP Pakistan Chapter was launched at the International Conference “Sustainability in the changing environment: Ways for future development” held at COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari Campus on the November 12-13, 2018.
This conference provided an excellent opportunity to bring economists from different provinces of Pakistan including some renowned scholars and policymakers. Zartaj Gul, State Minister for Climate Change, Govt of Pakistan, Sardar M Tariq, Advisor to Water Resources Ministry, Ehsan Bhutta, Additional Secretary for Agriculture, Government of Punjab, Prof Dr Asif Ali, Vice Chancellor, MNS University of Agriculture, Multan attended and addressed at the occasion.
The challenges and threats from climate change and adaptation strategies were deliberated at length. The Southern region of Punjab province of Pakistan is highly exposed to adverse effects of climate change and agribusiness contributes substantially to welfare of society.
However, performance of agribusiness sector largely depends on growth in agriculture sector. Speakers spoke and suggested measures to sustain agribusiness in this region by providing appropriate recommendations. Especially they stressed for conservation and efficient management of water resources being a critical resource for sustainable agriculture and agribusiness development. Agribusiness and agriculture sector are closely associated with poverty as above 40 percent rural population rely on agriculture for employment.
Prof Dr Pahlaj Moolio and Prof Dr Khair uz Zaman, Director, CUI, Vehari Campus officially launched ASAP Pakistan Chapter along with founding members. After launching ceremony, all participants wished the success of Pakistan Chapter.
All members agreed to assign responsibility to Khuda Bakhsh for collaborating and contacting ASAP Global. The founding members also showed keen interest to jointly work with other regional chapters in the initial years.
ASAP-Pakistan Chapter include following founding members:
- Khuda Bakhsh, COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari Campus
- Waqar Akram, IBA Sukkur University, Sukkur, Sindh
- Irfan Ahmad Baig, MNS University of Agriculture, Multan
- Sadia Bibi, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Layyah Campus
- Muhammad Asim Yasin, COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari Campus
- Rafaqet Ali, COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari Campus
- Muhammad Khalid Bashir, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
- Muhammad Irfan, COMSATS University Islamabad, Vehari Campus
- Ahtasham ul Haq, Federal Urdu University of Science and Technology, Islamabad
- Muhammad Rafiq, Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar