Climate Change threats to Agricultural Productivity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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The development of a more sustainable, cost-efficient, and modernised agricultural sector with intent to combat climate change threats has become indispensable to counter the food security issues in the province.

The view was sha red by Dr. Inamullah, an expert on climate change and Associate Professor at the University of Agriculture, Peshawar. Inamullah said we are facing the worst effects of   climatic change since past many years in forms of unpredictable spells of rains and disparaging floods. Huge loses to the major standing food crops of the province like wheat and maize, have been reported due to unexpected rain hits and irregular monsoons in last few years.

He mentioned climate-smart-agriculture is a package of technology and practices which can help to reduce the production loses and ensure food security. Our farmers know little about adapting this concept. Climate-smart practices includes adjusting the farming practices as delayed or early planting according to the downpours of the area and using resistant crop varieties to survive the environmental pressures.

Dr. Inamullah shared views that K-P has the potential to fulfil its food and production requirements if the province’s cultivated land vulnerability to natural disasters, mainly due to climatic changes is handled properly.

Deputy Director, Climate Change Centre at the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Arshad Ali said coordination between provincial departments already working on climate change and mitigation is necessary to reduce food shortage in the province.

He said Climate Change Centre intends to put efforts to develop a mechanism where the centre can take on-board the provincial departments working on climate and food, researchers, stakeholders and local farmers to produce fruitful results.

Climate Change is a global issue which requires a local solution, we have to down-scale and localize it to reduce its impacts on agriculture and other sectors locally

Ali shared German Watch’s Global Climate Risk Index for 2017, according to which Pakistan ranks 8th across the globe having vulnerability to get effected by the impacts of weather-related loss events i.e. heat waves, storms, floods etc.

Pakistan is signatory to fifteen Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Action plan must be devised to execute National Climate Change Policy to ensure the implementation of the MEAs that have been endorsed.

 

 

 

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