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First Satellite Remote-Sensing Lab for Crops Opens in Pakistan

May 28, 2014

Pakistan's Agriculture Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Narejo inaugurated the country's first satellite remote-sensing laboratory on May 20, 2014 at the crop reporting service center in the agricultural extension division office.

The laboratory was established in collaboration with the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The laboratory is expected to help in crop monitoring, forecasting, and estimation through satellite remote sensing technology, and ensure accuracy of agricultural data. Activities are restricted to monitoring the main cash crops which include wheat, rice, cotton, and sugarcane. Suparco Director Abdul Ghafoor and Manager Hayat Khan also attended the inaugural activities.

For more information, read the article on the Pakistan Biotechnology Information Center website: