Feb 17, 2017:
In line with directions of MoST, an exploratory meeting was held at Vehari Chamber of Commerce & industry on 17th February, 2017 with Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing companies and individuals.
Notable participants from industry included Mr. Abdul Rauf, President Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Mahmood Ahmad Shad, ex-President Vehari Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Mr. Khursheed Anwar; Secretary General Vehari Chamber; and representatives of member companies from Burewala region, Al-Madad Engineering Workshop, Ghausia Engineering, International Engineering Workshop, International Mechanical Workshop, Mecca Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Workshop.
MoST was represented in the meeting by Principal Engineer PCSIR, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed; Mr. Masood Rasheed, Manager Sales STEDEC; Sheikh Zulfiqar, STEDEC Distributor, and Syed Raza Abbas Shah, MD STEDEC.
President Vehari Chamber, Mr. Abdul Rauf warmly welcomed the guests. He informed that Burewala region was one of the leading areas for concentration of agriculture machinery manufacturers. He welcomed the initiative of MoST and STEDEC to reach out to the Chamber and the Agriculture Machinery Manufacturing sector in the region. During the interactive session various agriculture machinery manufacturers showed keen interest areas of skills development and capacity building in general, training on latest CNC machines, technical support for upgrading of their manufacturing facilities, and support in acquiring certification in order to gain access to international markets. Furthermore they showed great interest in fruit and vegetable preservation technologies. They emphasized PCSIR to provide its support so that the industry as whole could further excel. A key demand from the industry was establishment of a vocational training facility in Burewala, which would support the industry by providing trained manpower to this growing sector.
MD STEDEC, Syed Raza Abbas Shah gave an overview of STEDEC and highlighted its mandate on commercialization technologies of R&D organizations of Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). Engineer Rasheed Ahmed briefed the participants regarding the technologies, products, processes and capabilities of PCSIR, and requested the participants to explore avenues as to how PCSIR can facilitate agriculture machinery manufacturers.
It was decided at the end of the meeting that a visit would be arranged for the participants to PCSIR Laboratories Complex Lahore so that companies can familiarize themselves firsthand about the indigenous research, facilities and capabilities within PCSIR and how this could be productively deployed to the benefit of the industry.