SKARDU: (PR) National Symposium on Agri-Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business Development was organized by the University of Baltistan Skardu. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan chaired the symposium. Faculty members, staff, students and principal officers of UOBS, media personnel and dignitaries from local community including Yousaf Hussainabadi, Ex-Principal Degree College Skardu and Director AIOU Skardu Iqbal Shehzad were also attending the session.
Mr. Ghulamullah Saqib, Deputy Director Agriculture, Govt. of GB discussed the importance and scope of Agri-Tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan. He shared some of the prominent success stories of his team and those who have been working in the field.
Mr. Tariq Tanveer, Ex-Deputy Director Parks and Horticulture, Lahore and the CEO Agri-tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan being the Key Note Speaker shared valuable information. He comparative talked on the regional cultivation and production of agricultural resources in Pakistan. He motivated the youth towards the entrepreneurship in the domain of agriculture. He said that GB is enriched with enormous agricultural resources.
Mr. Azeem Ali, from Germany and a Research expert in Bio-information technology, organic farming/alternate medicines shared his expertise in the field of agriculture and tourism. He said thousands of people visit GB every year and enjoy the natural beauty of the region that we can also contribute in the beauty of the region producing and cultivating maximum agricultural products. He said Allah has created the lands that we have to use them for the wellbeing of the human beings making the world around us beautiful.
Ghulam Nabi Shigri, Chief Executive, Pak Seabuckthorn International shared his ideas and information regarding mountain farming. He said the lands on the mountain valleys are very effective to be used for farming that the youth will have to extend their contributions.
Mr. Hafiz-ur-Rahman the owner of one thousand kanal land of agri-farming and production. He said that every individual can think differently using their ideas for the promotion of agri-tourism in GB that he is the first man to initiate.
The renowned scholar Yousaf Hussianabdi also shared his life long experience and observation in the field of agriculture. He praised the efforts being made by UOBS in every field of life and advised the students to start initiatives for the promotion of agri-tourism in GB.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest of the Symposium and Vice Chancellor UOBS Prof Muhammad Naeem Khan shared his expertise in the field of agriculture. He appreciated the organizers of the symposium for effectively managing and conducting certain mega session on the important issues of GB. He said Agri-Tourism in one of the most important industry that we have to develop in this region so that the people of this region could help in development of economy and life standards. He further said that University of Baltistan Skardu is always ready with every possible strategies to apply in every field of life with innovative and effective ideas and entrepreneurship opportunities for the new generation so that they could invest their energy in the domain of agriculture and so many other fields at their door step.
Dr. Ghulam Raza, Controller Examination UOBS expressed Vote of Thanks for the guests, participants and respectable dignitaries. He also shared his research based observation in bio-diversity that his research was conducted in GB. He said there are millions of natural resources in GB that he is determined to explore through research in the Department of NRM. Dr. Zakir Hussain, concluded the session with special prayers for Late Dr. Irshad Ali.
The whole program was supervised by Dr. Mir Alam, Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Dr. Alamdar, Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences. Mr. Abdul Rehman Mir Lecturer, Languages and Cultural Studies, UOBS hosted the symposium.