combine_optSTAFF REPORT FBD: Remote sensing, monitoring and forecasting are of paramount importance for agricultural land and crops as more than 1,800 Indian postgraduate departments are working on the subject and it is being taught in Australia at primary education level.

“In Australian universities, after theoretical studies, students are given real-time problems of the industry to work on and come up with possible solutions that makes their education relevant to the market and enables them to develop a pool of dynamic researchers,” said Principal Scientific Officer of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia Dr Waqar Ahmad Khan, while speaking at a seminar on Remote sensing for monitoring agricultural crops and assessing soil salinity at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).

He said that CSIRO is working on the same lines as Nasa in the United States.

On the occasion, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad revealed that the university in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation is offering a new programme on remote sensing aimed at equipping the youth with modern skills of forecasting agricultural growth.

He was of the view that precision agriculture, remote sensing, monitoring and assessing are the buzz words that sensitise people to the new technology in an effective manner.

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