‘Agri sector facing climate change challenges’

Faisalabad—Agriculture and climate experts should join hands to work together on agro-ecological zones in the backdrop of climate change effects on crops, soil fertility and deteriorating sub-soil water quality. This was stated by Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan in a meeting held here on Saturday. He said the agriculture sector of Pakistan was facing challenge of climate change as the productivity of this sector was decreasing. He said that collaborative work would come up with viable solutions in the shape of recommendation on agro zone that would boost the agriculture sector. He said the government was setting up Horticulture Institute in Lahore which would bring tremendous results.
Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture Multan, Prof Dr Asif Ali said that tangible researches on factors disturbing the agricultural sector need to be carried out for food security in the country.
Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi Vice Chancellor Dr Rai Niaz, said that ground water quality was deteriorating which was effecting agriculture productivity. He was of the view that stepped up efforts were needed to address the issue at the national level. He said the work on the agro zone would be helpful to address the problems of the farming level and to ensure the food security in the country. Director Extension Dr Anjum Ali Bhuttar said that eight agro ecological zones in the country were having good profile. He apprised the meeting about eight zones and changes occurring there. Director General Ayub Research Dr Abid Mehmood also spoke on the occasion. Chief Executive Punjab Agriculture Research Board Dr Noorul Islam, DG On-Farm Water Management Malik Muhammad Akram, Dr Azmat Hayat and Dr Dildar Kazmi from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Director General Pest Warning Dr Khalid Mehmood, EDO Agriculture Abdul Hameed and others also attended the meeting.—APP

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