Farm technologies can boost crop yields by 67pc

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan, which has an agrarian economy, is not equipped to adapt to climate change because of its low technological and resource base. The increased demand for food due to population and income growth and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet.


“The use of agricultural technologies and practices can most significantly reduce food prices and food insecurity in developing nations including Pakistan,” reveals a report recently released by the London-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).


The report lists down 11 agricultural innovations: crop protection, drip irrigation, drought tolerance, heat tolerance, integrated soil fertility management, no-till farming, nutrient use efficiency, organic agriculture, precision agriculture, sprinkler irrigation, and water harvesting.


“The reality is that no single agricultural technology or farming practice will provide sufficient food for the world in 2050,” said Mark Rosegrant, lead author of the book and Director of IFPRIs Environment and Production Technology Division.


“One of the most significant barriers to global food security is the high cost of food in developing countries,” Rosegrant explained.


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