FPCCI terms climate change bigger threat to country than terrorism

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ISLAMABAD: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) has termed climate change as bigger threat to country than terrorism.

Chairman Regional Standing Committee on Trade and Industries and former Vice President, Riaz Khattak said climate change is becoming a serious problem for us, it is very important subject but apparently no steps are being taken to tackle the issue except for joint meetings with Ministry of National Food Security and Provincial departments with out any tangible results.

The FPCCI official revealed that agriculture sector is suffering from unpredictability in growth and its performance remains subdued.

Khattak said there is a strong need to launch an initiative to digitise agriculture and provide necessary information to farmers to increase production. It is heartening to note that a mobile company operating in Pakistan has taken the initiative in this regard but the services of this initiative are limited to certain regions, which needs to be extended to the whole country.

In order to cope this we should work on productivity increase, adapting to climate change, poverty alleviation, input subsidies, agriculture research and extension, improving seed provision, agriculture produce markets, genetically modified crops, and meeting globalization challenges. Similarly Agriculture sector of the country is being badly affected due to climate change and disturbance of seasons and decreasing water level in the earth. In future, the situation can become worse if we do not take appropriate measures, he added.

Khattak also viewed that the whole world is affecting due to climate change and Pakistan could become single most affected country in future if pre-emptive measures are not taken. “It is a huge problem and projects could not be approved without environmental assessment,” he said.

He was of the opinion that tangible initiatives based on research would pave the way to compete with the modern world and the policy makers must immediately ensure that their resources are no more wasted.

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