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Published Date: Apr 5, 2016

Lecture on food security held

Romke Wustman, a Dutch expert on food security and Director and Owner Wustman Potato Consultancy during a lecture on Food Security and Need for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Crop Production said that Pakistan is a large potato producing and consuming country but still 99 percent farmers rely on locally produced or non-certified seed of potatoes. 
The event was jointly organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Embassy of Netherlands. He said the use of modern technologies including storage, research and development, use of certified seed and crop specific and variety specific nutrients at all stages of production of potatoes are mandatory for improvement of economic benefits to farmers and other stakeholders. 
Wustman said market oriented production based on stakeholders wishes give feedback to breeders and researchers, adding it leads to good agricultural practices. He stressed upon the selection of right and certified varieties, which are resistant to various kind of diseases. Reduced usage of crop protection compound including pest control, weed control, disease control and sprout growth control is mandatory for good agricultural practices. Soil borne pest are controlled by developing of decision system, he said, adding the minimum lethal dose of herbicides should be used for weed control. 
He said that measuring temperature, humidity, rainfall, radiation and characteristics of wind are also important. Renate Pors, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Netherlands explained the context of the public diplomacy initiative and the Netherlands commitment to food security. 
She said that the Netherlands has high agricultural productivity rate, expertise in the associated technologies and solutions which they were sharing with Pakistan through these seminars. Pors said that food security is one of the main challenges that world is facing today. Every five seconds, a baby dies of malnutrition. In a country like Pakistan, achieving food security is possible only through intensive and sustainable food production, she added.