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Experts link agri production boost to modern techniques

ISLAMABAD –  Agriculture and environment experts on Wednesday stressed the need for pre-emptive measures to adopt modern research and development methodology in order to enhance production of major crops for ensuring food security in the country.

“We need to change the cropping pattern for evolving new cropping zones in the country according to climate and weather of the different regions of the country”, said head of climate change centre, Agriculture University Peshawar, Dr Inam Ullah.

He was addressing Capacity building workshop for journalists and environment activists on “The Role of Media in Communicating Climate Change” organised by Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung here. He said, “We need national discourse on global climate change for saving the country’s agriculture sector from bad impact of climate change.”

Dr Inam said cotton, sugarcane and wheat were facing huge threat from climate change effects, which decrease the production of these crops. Agriculture expert recommended integrated approach of all stakeholders and attention to value addition to get more production and income from agriculture sector. He urged the journalists to create awareness about the climate change effects for controlling the losses in agriculture and other sectors.

While addressing the workshop, environment and climate change expert, Shafqat Aziz highlighted the effects of climate change on Pakistan and said that Pakistan is among top seven countries effected from natural calamities and weather effects. He urged for comprehensive policy mechanism to counter effects of climate change on the human life including the country’s economy. The workshop aims to enlighten the participants on the context and implications of climate change, key considerations and priority areas for Pakistan.

Source: The Nation

Byline: APP

November 17, 2016

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