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Israr Ahmed

The Nation

Published Date: Dec 6, 2019

Country facing challenges in agriculture growth due to climate change: EU ambassador

Pakistan has moved from 7th to 5th position among ranking of the countries that are vulnerable to climate change.
This was expressed by Ms Androulla Kaminara, Ambassador Designate, Delegation of The European Union (EU) to Pakistan.
The Ambassador was talking to the Session of “Achieving Food Security in Digitalized World” organized by Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) in collaboration with Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), here on Thursday.
The Ambassador said that EU use Integrated Phase Food Security Classification to determine the food insecurity in a country/region. According to IPC Global Report 2018, in Pakistan, in Sindh province particularly in Tharparkar, Umerkot and Sanghar districts majority of food insecure people lives who are around 2million. Pakistan is facing challenges in growth in agriculture due to climate change. Situation has deteriorated compared to last year, she added.
Dr Qamar uz Zaman Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR said that  digitalisation can help inform farmers not only about the markets but also to guide them on improved farming practices, issuing of early warning to avoid any crisis and enhance their productivity. He further added its time to consider profitability of farmers and not limit research only to their income.
Dr Abid Suleri Executive Director SDPI while addressing the session said government under the BISP programme is planning to issue mobile phones to 9million BISP beneficiary women which is a great opportunity to engage women farmers through this new platform to disseminate market information and early warning as well as messages on improved practices to avoid losses from swing to harvest and post-harvest.
Dr Babar Shabaz from University of Agriculture Faisalabad said the process of formally transferring new agricultural discoveries, improved practices or innovations to the farmers with ultimate aim to increase productivity. This technology transfer can help to improve the capacity and productivity of the farmers and crops yield as well.
Dr Arnold Elepano from University of Philipine recommended that we need to develop roadmap for Smart Farm Development to include research agenda, pilot testing and information advocacy and government should provide enabling environment to promote the use of digital technology to increase farm productivity.
During the session, Prof. Dr. Allah Bakhsh, Dean Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, said that it is an established fact that adoption of appropriate technology enables farmers to modernise their management practices for increasing crop yields, reducing crop failure, and ultimately increasing farmer’s income i.e. leading towards profitable farming. Application of Digital Technologies include RS, GIS, land use mapping, monitoring crop and soil health, identifying potential farming zones, weather advisories, crop stress/disease detection, assessing domestic and export marketing potential leading towards providing real time data to make Smart Farming Decisions for enhancing farmer’s profitability.