PTA holds workshop to support agri sector
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tele-communication Authority (PTA) organised a workshop on ‘What can telecommunications do for agriculture’ on Tuesday.
PTA in collaboration with LIRNEasia, a regional ICT Policy Think Tank, based in Sri Lanka organised the event.
The main theme of this joint initiative was to share international experiences and research with Pakistan, and to learn from successful telecom-agriculture models and improving agriculture productivity through increased usage of ICT.
The event was well attended by representatives from agriculture organisations, international experts, agriculture consultants, policy makers, government officials, farmers associations, telecom operators, value added service providers, agriculture credit departments and donor agencies including World Bank, ADB, USAID, DFID working in the agriculture sector.
Dr Mohammed Yaseen, Chairman PTA said accounts 21 percent of national income, employs 45 percent of the country’s total workforce and provides livelihood to 60 percent of our rural community. He said farmer’s access to relevant information and adoption of ICT and telecom value added services by rural community could bring revolution in the agriculture production. staff report