UAF filled with colours of eastern civilisation

FAISALABAD: An art exhibition, depicting the colours, behaviours and social life of eastern civilisation, was held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on Wednesday, a press release issued by the varsity stated.

The exhibition was set up by students of MA (Fine Arts), Institute of Home Sciences, Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, UAF.

The exhibition was inaugurated by UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar, who was accompanied by Food Sciences Dean Dr Masood Sadiq Butt, Faculty of Agriculture Dean Dr Muhammad Amjad, Home Sciences In-charge Dr Ayesha Riaz and other notables. More than 20 paintings were put on display and remained the centre of attraction for art lovers at the exhibition.

While speaking to participants, UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Iqbal Zafar said that with the artwork, we can promote peace, love and tolerance in society.

“In the west, artwork is used as a tool to educate children so that they can understand the old civilisation and other areas effectively.”

Painter Hira Aslam said her work depicted feelings in artwork like anger, aggression, love and care.

Another painter, Iqra Bashir, said her painting titled “The colour of life” was defined as a collection of inanimate objects arranged together in a specific way, exploring the symbolic and meaning of the colour of life.

Similarly, Mahnoor Ikram said she found love for travelling which was shown in her paintings.

Sana Shabbir said her work was based upon her poetry. “I see the world through the eye of an optimist. I have painted the architecture of a clock tower as a symbol of hope,” she added.

Painter Sehar Liaqat said, “I portrayed history through paintings which society has neglected today. It is a fusion of historical foundation and traditional Mughal miniature style.”

Meanwhile, experts said the country could save billions of rupees by ensuring balanced usage of fertiliser which will help overcome decreasing soil fertility.

They were speaking at a meeting of fertiliser model experts and soil fertility model which was held at UAF’s main library with Vice-Chancellor Iqbal Zafar in the chair.

Dr Iqbal Zafar said that imbalanced usage was not only causing fertiliser wastage, was also a reason for low productivity. He said UAF’s fertiliser model had gained immense popularity among the farming community. “It is aimed at enabling farmers to get the desired yield of major crops, according to soil analysis,” he maintained.

“Through the model, we have disseminated the information among 3.5 million farmers through the short message service so far.” He said that over the last four months, 30,000 farmers benefitted from the model which resulted in increasing productivity and the reducing cost of production.

“We cannot apply fertiliser of Faisalabad Model in Multan region as the soil texture, fertility and analysis is entirely different. We need to get analysis and then apply a balanced fertiliser on the crop.”

Fertiliser Model Principal Investigator Dr Muhammad Rasheed said if 50% rational usage of nitrogen and phosphorus can be ensured, it could add billions of rupees to national economy.

He added they were using an SMS service to create awareness among the farming community. He stressed on the need to provide cost effective technology at the doorsteps of farmers to increase productivity and profitability.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2018.

The expo was inaugurated by UAF Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Iqbal Zafar

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