NPO in collaboration with APO, Japan has organized a 05-day Workshop on Value-added Agriculture from 18 - 22 November 2019 at Islamabad
National Productivity Organization (NPO), Pakistan is endeavoring to promote productivity in various sectors of the economy in Pakistan. In an effort to improve productivity in the agriculture sector. The National Productivity Organization, Pakistan in collaboration with the Asian Productivity Organization, Japan has organized a “Workshop on value-added Agriculture” from 18 - 22 November 2019 at Islamabad. Objective of this workshop is to introduce the latest innovative trends, technologies and branding techniques used globally for value-added agriculture.
International experts from Malaysia and Sri Lanka along with renowned local experts having decades of experience in agriculture are brought onboard to conduct the workshop, share their experiences and inculcate knowledge to the participants. Total 22 Participants and 4 Observers are attending the workshop. 16 participants from APO member countries i.e. Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, 6 participants and 4 observers from various cities of Pakistan attending this workshop.
Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Khattak, Chief Executive Officer, NPO, was the chief guest of the inaugural session. At opening session, he appreciated efforts of the Asian Productivity Organization, Japan, which has been working for productivity enhancement in the Asia Pacific since 1961. He highlighted smart transformation initiatives of APO for agriculture, industry and service sectors in its member economies. The APO has conducted numerous projects for the development of agriculture sector in its member countries. One such recent initiative is development of Smart Agricultural Transformation Framework (ATF) for the APO Member economies which aims to serve as a useful reference and enable member countries to take the next step and develop their country specific ATF.
Hence it is imperative for policymakers and planners, farmers, and businesses to embrace modern technologies at all levels for smart agriculture processes and management. By using technology as a sustainable, scalable resource, agriculture can be transformed into a future-proof industry including productive, sustainable food value chains.
NPO Pakistan is playing a pivotal role in institutional capacity building on productivity. Major challenges faced by Pakistan are lack of knowledge of the links between productivity tools and techniques and real-world problems at the firm level, minimum exposure to the latest information on organizational management techniques to boost productivity at the micro-organizational level, and better regulatory management in relation to productivity enhancement. Any efforts to address these challenges must be carried out systematically, continuous in nature, and employ an integrated approach to embrace all sectors. Concerted efforts are therefore needed to equip our human resource with sufficient productivity knowledge to transform Pakistan into a productivity-driven economy.