Lahore: Executive Certificate in Agribusiness Management (ECAM) – a programme offered by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan – marked the completion of a successful first year with a certificate distribution ceremony.
The first batch of participants of the year-long modular certificate programme included executives from industries including dairy, fertilizers, livestock, exports & processing as well as farmers.
According to a World Bank report, national average yields of major crops like wheat and rice in Pakistan are only 55% of progressive farmer yields, the highest achievable yields in the country. ECAM is an endeavour which was launched to provide impetus in the agricultural sector pivotal for economic growth, development and alleviation of poverty in Pakistan.
“Agriculture, if utilized to its full potential, can go a long way in helping alleviate poverty. There is tremendous opportunity for us to improve the skills at farm level by teaching the farmer,” shared LUMS Pro-Chancellor, Syed Babar Ali. “LUMS is acting as catalyst. There is so much to learn and there is enough of knowledge available. Sky is the limit,” he added.
“I am quite proud of this collaboration since it is aimed at bridging the gap between business knowledge and farming techniques equipping people with a complete toolkit for success,” stated Nestlé Pakistan’s Managing Director, Magdi Batato. “Trained professionals will ensure Pakistan can compete with other agricultural economies of the world.”
Dr. Sohail Naqvi thanked Nestlé Pakistan for its support and added, “ECAM is a natural conglomeration of ideas, bringing professionalism, best management practices & high technology to the agriculture sector.”
LUMS and Nestlé Pakistan will continue their collaboration and have announced the commencement of the second offering of ECAM from February 2015.