TRTA II Support for PGDC in Food Safety & Controls:
First batch of graduates from UAF receive their Diploma
European Union Ambassador to Pakistan HE Lars-Gunnar Wigemark said that Pakistan can get its share in European food and agriculture markets through trade by ensuring food safety measures. He addressed a seminar titled “Nutritional Therapies against the lifestyle disorders” arranged by National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). He also distributed the certificate of post graduate diploma in food security and controls and visited the food product development contest.
He said that the grant of GSP Plus showed the importance the European Union attached to its relations with Pakistan. In addition to expanding and facilitating Pakistan’s trade with EU, GSP Plus will also promote economic growth. Talking about the Pakistan agricultural produces, he said that the country is producing the delicious fruits and vegetables. Pakistan is the agricultural country and majority of the people are associated with the sector. The adoption of food safety measures will pave the way for the development and progress of the country. He said that joint efforts are afoot to develop the food safety measures mechanism in the county. He said after ban on Indian mango, the European markets are open for Pakistani delicious mango.
The National Institute of Food Science & Technology (NIFSAT) at UAF had initiated a one-year Post Graduate Diploma Course in Food Safety & Controls, accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), UK. This initiative was supported by the EU-TRTA II programme and following the first year, 29 candidates successfully graduated from this course. Of these candidates, some have been employed by the Punjab Food Authority as Food Safety Officers, while others were able to find jobs in the private sector. NIFSAT has now upgraded this Diploma Course into a full-fledged Master’s Degree programme.
HE Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, EU Ambassador distributes PGDC Certificate to successful candidates
The EU Ambassador also called for collaborated endeavor to fight the challenges of the climate change which is the biggest threat. Pakistan is the one of victims. He said that amid decreasing water availability, it is vital to improve the water management system.
Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan presenting the EU Ambassador with a souvenir shield at the Conference
The EU Ambassador visiting one of the stalls at the AGRI Exhibition at the Expo Centre, UAF