Envoy for sustainable veg oil production


An international seminar focused on “Sustainable Production of Healthy Vegetable Oils: Policies and Practices to Achieve SDGs” was inaugurated by Indonesian Ambassador Adam M Tugio along with University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan.

The seminar was organised by the embassy of Indonesia in collaboration with the UAF faculty of food, nutrition and home sciences.

During the inaugural address, the ambassador said that the global population is growing at an unprecedented rate and estimates predict that “we will need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed the growing population”.

“We need the brightest minds and ideas to find creative solutions for addressing the growing challenge of food security and malnutrition in developing countries,” said the envoy.

He added that vegetable oils are an essential component of the global food supply chain and it is necessary to ensure that their production is sustainable to meet the rising demand.

The ambassador also said that palm oil production is a crucial element in the global food value chain as it is a vital source of calories for millions of people and its production is very efficient which requires less land and water, resulting in minimal environmental issues.

Tugio welcomed the academic collaboration between UAF and Bogor Agriculture University (IPB), one of the world’s top universities in agricultural research.

He encouraged Pakistani students to study in top-ranked Indonesian universities through the Indonesian government and private scholarships offered by Indonesian institutions.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2023.

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