Peshawar—The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak Wednesday underlined the need for extensive afforestation, proper conservation of water resources and control over pollution.
He called for relevant research and its transfer to the common man and adapting strategy to avoid the adverse affect of climate change thus making the future of the province safe and secure.
He was addressing the concluding session of the 3-day workshop title “Thinking Climate Change Adaption in Water and Farming, adapt – 2016” held at Agriculture University Peshawar.
The closing session of the seminar was also addressed by Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Swati, VC Agriculture University, Dr. Muhammad Haneef, Dr. Arjumand Nizami and Dr. Akmal, Director Centre for Climatic Change Agriculture University Peshawar. The session beside Advisor to CM Mian Khaleequr Rehman, Secrtary Agriculture Naeem Khan was also attended by researchers, professors and students from all over the country.
Speaking at the conference, the Chief Minister said that climatic changes had already affected crops, orchards and further lower down the water table in the province. He emphasized the need of practical and timely steps to make aware the cultivators of the province against the un-favourable affect of climatic changes.
He further called for guiding the people to adopt preventive measures to mitigate impacts of the climatic hazards. He lamented that though climatic change was national issue but there was negligence at all levels to handle the crisis.
The Chief Minister asked the agriculture scientists for conducting indigenous research about the threats of climatic changes and ensure its proper extension to the cultivators to adapt ways and means to meet the challenge.
He deplored over confining agriculture education and research to book shelves and denying access of the common man to it. The Chief Minister while referring to the devastating floods of 2010, said that it was the result of the material lust and greedy interference of man into the natural environment.
He said that corrupt mafia involved in ruthlessly in deforestation had illegally cut off trees worth 200 billion dollars in the past. “Unfortunately non had taken steps to prevent the deforestation”, he reminded.
He informed that due to the stern action of the present government against illegal cutting of the forests, wood worth Rs. 10 billion had been recovered. The Chief Minister said that under the directives of Chairman PTI Imran Khan, billion tree Tsunami project had been initiated in the province.
He hoped that the project would bring 3 to 4 % positive impacts in the economy of the province. Highlighting efforts of the provincial government for the protection of forests, Pervez Khattak said that steps had been initiated for growth of forest and the natural growth of forest and its preservation.
He added that private sector had also been encouraged in protection of reserved forests. Chief Minister said that all these efforts of the government had resulted in development of forests.
He pinpointed the need of preservation of water, improvement of canal and construction of small dams and water reservoirs to preserve water resources. He said that the government was initiating steps within its available resources for the purpose.
He said that pollution control was must to reduce the effects of climatic changes and asked industrialists to ensure filtration plants in their units to check pollution.