Prof. Manzoor Soomro presides over the Inaugural Meeting of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Agriculture of the Giga Group of Companies

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The first and inaugural meeting of the Giga Group of Companies’ Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Agriculture was held on 10 June 2020 at Al-Ghurair Offices in DHA-2, Islamabad. The meeting was  presided over by Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro as the TAC President. Other Members of TAC who attended the meeting included; Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC);  Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman  PCRWR; Dr. Muhammad Afzal, National Expert and Coordinator FAO Pakistan;  Dr. Attaullah  Khan, DG  PARC Karachi; and from the concerned staff of the Giga Group Lt. Col. Waqar Haider (Retd.); Mr. Yaqoob Mehanti CEO;  Lt. Col. Asad Nawaz (Retd.) and  Maj.  Mohsin Jamil  (Retd.).

Professor Manzoor H. Soomro in his official positions as well as in personal capacity has always been pursuing and promoting the University-R&D-Industry Cooperation; and this endeavor is in line with his same resolve that he has volunteered to nurture the initiative of the Giga Group of Companies in Pakistan.

During the meeting, Lt. Col. Waqar Haider (Retd.) presented the Agriculture Vision of Giga Group mainly focusing on the Cultivation of Sweet Sorghum crop. After the presentation, a detailed discussion was initiated by Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro and following decisions were agreed upon/taken.

  1. FELDA model adopted by Indonesia be considered for adoption in Thar Area for participation of local farmers. Chairman PARC/ DG, PARC, Karachi will further crystallize and suggest the model for discussion /adoption.
  2. Water and Soil profiling of Cholistan and Thar Deserts may be shared with Giga Group.
  3. Showcasing of Sweet Sorghum Crop model through AZRI Umerkot,Sindh is essential for farmers’ motivation to participate in the project.
  4. Feasibility study of Sweet Sorghum Cultivation be prepared and presented during next meeting of the committee

The meeting ended with a note of thanks by the chairman Giga Group of Companies for the attendance of TAC members, wholehearted participation, their valued input and guidelines.

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