STAFF REPORT FBD:Pakistan being in the sunny belt is lucky to have long sunshine hours coupled with high insolation levels and is ideally located to take advantage of solar energy technologies. This energy source is widely distributed and abundantly available in the country. This was stated by speakers at an international seminar on “Prospects, Development and Utilization of Alternate Energy in Pakistan” recently organized by Pakistan Society of Agricultural Engineers in collaboration with Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). They said that Pakistan could make use of this freely available and widely distributed solar energy for improving the socio-economic conditions of the people living in remote areas and to reduce the poverty level. In his remarks, Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor UAF, said that there was nexus between agriculture, energy and water so that scientists have to focus their attention to maintain this momentum. Other scientists said that the main global irradiation falling on horizontal surface is about 200-250 watt per m2 per day. They said that this amounts to about 1500-3000 sun shine hours and 1.9 – 2.3 Mwh per m2 per year. UET Texilla Vice Chancellor, Abbas Chaudhary, said that technical universities can play significant role in order to provide solution to the Energy Crises being faced by the country. Khalid Javed Ranjha said that the Punjab government was going to set up mega Project on Tonsa Barrage for generating 120 Mega Watt power.

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