Reported by Mudasser Chuhdary: Pakistan’s largest agriculture stakeholder – Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) formally inaugurated its Non-Profit “Food Security and Agriculture Center of Excellence” at Rahim Yar Khan with the aim of addressing issues pertaining to National Food Security and farmer’s prosperity. To mark the initiation of this non-profit program, a vibrant ceremony was held at Ahmedpur Lamma region of Rahim Yar Khan which was presided over by CE & MD FFC, Lt Gen Tariq Khan (Retd) HI, (M) and attended by CEO’s from partner organizations including Askari Bank, Al Khidmat Foundation, Alight Pakistan, Educate a Child, Syngenta, Tech Valley, Sealion Solar Industries etc. Renowned US based agriculturist Mr. Dave Gerrard also attended the ceremony who will play a pivotal role in farmer engagement for introduction of new technology to the local farmers. The program titled FACE is an all-inclusive one-window solution for farmers and marginalized segments of the society with services including capacity building and technical support for farmers on modern lines with introduction to climate smart agriculture amongst rural, financial empowerment and provision of agriculture machinery to the farmers.
CE & MD FFC during his address to the local community and farmers reaffirmed FFC’s complete support and patronage towards addressing the issues faced by farmers and agriculture in Pakistan. In his address, he mentioned the impact of climate change and the notable initiatives FFC is undertaking towards mitigation of issues faced by farmers.
Later on, CE & MD FFC and Head of FACE Program Maliha Malik extended in collaboration with the partners, stipends to the orphans of the area and agriculture loans to the successful applicants. FFC under its FACE initiative plans to establish these centers in all regions of Pakistan to extend the coverage of the services to maximized populace.