International Webinar & Workshop on “Aquaponic Farming”

2021-03-01

A three-day International Webinar and Workshop on “Aquaponic Farming ' has been organized under Higher Education Commission Technology Development Fund Project (TDF02-178) from 23-25th February, 2021. This event was the first research oriented joint venture of the Department of Botany and Zoology, GCWUF. More than 400 participants and speakers from Pakistan, Turkey, UK, Bangladesh, UAE, Morocco and Egypt attended the webinar session held on 23rd February and showed keen interest in development of Aquaponic Technology. Notable speakers included Prof. Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi (former VC, GCWUF), Prof. Dr. M. A. Salam (Deptt of Aquaculture, Univ. of Bangladesh, Bangladesh), Mr. Salman Farooq (Senior Director Enterprise Marketing, Telco, UAE), Dr. Turker BODUR (Deptt of Aquaculture, Akdeniz Univ. Antalya, Turkey), Dr. Sajid Iqbal Sandhu (CEO, The Green Circle, and Director, Clean and Green Pakistan, Agri-Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan). Other guests who attended the event included Mr. Tariq Tanveer (CEO and Founder, Agri-Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan), Dr. Khalid Mahmood Shouq (Director, Media and Information, Agri-Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan), and Dr. Yasin Randhawa (Director, Research and Development, Agri-Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan). Webinar started with an overview of the activity by Dr Ambreen Khadija Alvi, Chief Organizer (Principal Investigator TDF02-178). She acknowledged the contribution of HEC in bridging the gap between academia and industry. She advocated the potential of Aquaponics in Agri farming and Agri entrepreneurship specially for developing countries like Pakistan. She highlighted the economic as well as ecological benefits of Aquaponic farming. Participants were also updated about successful running of Aquaponic set up established in GCWUF under HEC funded TDF02-178 project worth Rs 6.4 million. Professor Dr. Robina Farooq, worthy Vice Chancellor, GCWUF (Patron In-Chief of the event) emphasized the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. She encouraged the use of organic food and commended the Aquaponics Research Team on organizing an international level event on this innovative technology. The formal session started with a lecture by Prof. Dr. Naureen Aziz Qureshi (Ex-Vice Chancellor, GCWUF), who elaborated the situation of food security and opportunities of Aquaculture in solving these issues. This was followed by Prof. Dr. M. A. Salam’s talk on the components of a sustainable Aquaponic system. Mr. Salman Farooq discussed the entrepreneurship potential of Aquaponics. Dr. Turker BODUR provided technical information regarding the working of a balanced Aquaponic system. The last speaker Dr. Sajid Iqbal Sandhu enlightened the participants about how Agri-Tourism plays an effective role in promoting Aquaponics in Pakistan. Dr. Zill I Huma Nazli, Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Technology (Patron of the event) appreciated the efforts of the organizing team and concluded the session with a note of thanks. Activities of 2nd and 3rd Day (24th & 25th February, 2021) included Hand-on Training of running an aquaponic system. Technical session was physically attended by more than 200 participants divided in small groups observing SOPs of covid-19. The resource persons Dr Ambreen Khadija Alvi (PI TDF02-178) and Dr Safina Kousar (Co-PI TDF02-178) gave demonstrations to the participants on various aspects of Aquaponics. The participants were taught how to prepare seedlings and media beds, measurement of water quality parameters, fish management in the system and demonstration of a working Aquaponic system. Overwhelming responses from participants encouraged the organizing team to arrange similar activities in future as well.

Event Organized By Organized by Department of Botany & Zoology
Held on 2021-02-25