President ECOSF as Chief Guest attended the International Conference on Smart Plant Protection

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Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan Pakistan organized a virtual International Conference on Smart Plant Protection on 27-28 January 2021. President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro participated as the Chief Guest in the concluing ceremony and highlighted the significance of plant protection and the role of technology in crop management and pest surveillance and management for ensuring global food security.

The Conference provided insights into innovations and advances in Plant Protection, aiming to protect the plant resources from the invasion and infestation of insect pests, plant pathogens and weeds. The conference also provided a collection of innovative ideas and recent research undertaken by scholars, academia and entrepreneurs world over.

Prof. Soomro in his remarks highlighted that ECOSF gives due importance to food security, as it is one of the priority areas of research by the Foundation. He underscored that the smart crop protection is critical to secure and maintain crop productivity. Pesticide-dominated control strategies are threatened by the widespread evolution of resistance in many major crop pests. Thus, there is an urgent need for innovation in crop protection. New gadgets equipped with artificial intelligence and robotics including drone technology can be used in this field. He hoped that the outcome of this important international conference would benefit the agricultural scientists, researchers and farmers to better plan and ensure food security.

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