LAHORE: Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) has appreciated the role of UVAS in producing competent manpower, promoting veterinary science and contributing to development of livestock, poultry, dairy and other allied sectors.
This was stated by a two-member Australian delegation comprising Peter Horn and David Swete Kelly from ACIAR during their visit to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore.
Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha briefed the delegation on the academic, research, extension, training and Vision 2025 Programme of the UVAS.
He said the UVAS was working closely with Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab for serving the farming and business communities for provision of healthy food to the people.
He discussed disease management, vaccine production and treatment of animals, market issues, how to enhance production of meat and dairy animals, agriculture value chain and economic development in Pakistan with the delegation.
He also spoke about the role of Institute of Continue Education and Extension, involved students in civic engagement activities, carpet vaccination and various research training programmes.
He suggested exchange of faculty members and students of the UVAS and Australian Universities.
Prof Pasha said under the Australian government-funded ASLP project, the UVAS was working with 1,500 registered farmers in five districts of Punjab and two in Sindh.
He said enhanced livestock growth and productivity were essential to meet the challenging food demand for our increasing population and to alleviate poverty.