Staff Reporter Islamabad
Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) in collaboration with Thardeep Rural Development (TRDP) and German non-governmental organization Welthungerhilfe organized two days conference to highlight the importance of climate smart agriculture for sustainable livelihoods.
PARC, TRDP and WHH are working in the Thar region to promote climate smart agriculture and resilience towards food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers.
Addressing to the closing session of the event Syed Fakhar Imam Federal Minister for NFSR said that Climate change has become the major challenge faced by the World today and Pakistan is one of the countries most severely affected by climate change.
In province Sindh, the effects of climate change are particularly visible through extreme weather, resultantly crops yield is falling sharply.
He added, being an agricultural country, we have to increase our agricultural production, Thar is the most neglected area, thanks to the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council which came up with various solutions to eliminate drought and turning barren lands into grasslands in Thar area.
Highlighting the importance of event he also revealed that the arid region of the Thar Desert is affected by recurring and persistent drought. Additionally, flood and locust impacted agriculture production, livelihood and eco-system.
The Federal Minister also informed the participants that Chairman PARC has ensured cultivation of Soybean on 3000 acre this year, promoting this important crop in the country, we can save large amount of precious foreign exchange spent on the import of soybean oil and meal for its use in poultry and livestock feed and other areas.
Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan Chairman PARC reviewed the participants about initiatives taken by the Arid Zone Agricultural Research Institute of Umerkot for the development and promotion of climate smart agriculture.