PU IAGS organizes seminar
LAHORE: (Saturday, February 3, 2018): Punjab University Institute of Agricultural Sciences has organized an international seminar on “Pest (Termite) Control in Food Processing Industries at its seminar room Mr. Soh Che Kin, CEO, Exterminex Asia Pacific, Dr. Shawn Cheng, Senior Research Officer at Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Miss Lim Wei Teeng, Director Exterminex Malaysia, Miss Shaza Binte Azri, Senior Entomologist Exterminex Malaysia, Mr. Zakrya Zaki, Coordinator Int’l Affairs Exterminex, Mr. Irfan Fiaz Ali Akbar, CEO C-Shine Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dean Faculty of Life Sciences, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Haider, Director Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Shinawar Waseem Ali (Food Safety Expert), Dr. Azhar Ali Khan (Entomologist) addressed the participants. A large number of participants from food industries i.e. Nestle, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Engro, Unilever, Packages, Bunnys etc, Punjab Food Authority and Pest Management Service companies participated in the meeting. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan emphasized on the conservation of biodiversity while applying the pest control. Mr. Soh discussed the new innovative bait technologies for pest management keeping in view the environmental safety. Dr. Shawn discussed the future collaboration opportunities between FRIM and IAGS regarding the pest control services in food processing industries as well as urban pest management. Dr. Shinawar told the participants the Exterminex products would be the first ever local research based products in Pakistan. Dr. Azher threw light on conventional malpractices for termite control in Pakistan and alternative remedies. In closing remarks, Dr. Saleem Haider thanked the participants, Exterminex, and C-Shine group for introducing environment-friendly pest control technologies in Pakistan committed to do best efforts to provide research support from IAGS. The delegate also met with PU VC Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakir and thanked him for facilitating the international seminar. The vice chancellor appreciated the efforts of IAGS for bridging the gap between university and industry and encouraged the whole faculty to develop more future collaborations with different national/multinational agro industries in Pakistan.