On 29th January 2019, the InoCottonGROW team in collaboration with the UAF staff successfully launched the Mid-Term Conference of the InoCottonGROW project at the University of Agriculture (UAF) in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
After a welcome note by Dr Zoll from the German Embassy in Pakistan, distinguished Pakistani scientists offered their valuable input to the project findings presented by the German team and shared cutting-edge research on e.g. membrane systems for waste water treatment used for irrigation purposes, agro-bacteria to modify plants and enhance their resistance to diseases, textile effluent treatment using constructed floating wetlands, or policies required to promote sustainability in the Cotton Value Chain. Discussions on the efficiency in production processes as well as on groundwater levels and trends were diverse and are to be continued in the training workshops scheduled for Thursday.
WWF Pakistan invited the team to a joint dinner at the end of the day, which provided an excellent opportunity for the informal exchange between the Pakistani and German scientists and to foster the partnership.