Food security under threat despite surplus food

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Despite Pakistan is enjoying surplus crops especially of wheat and rice, the food security seems extremely chaotic, as high inflation, declining income, unequal distribution of resources and stagnating domestic productivity are hampering attempts to achieve food security.

Experts are critically examining this situation hurling a caution that the countrys food security is under threat due to the shallow approach of the economic managers.

“There is a significant increase in the number of food insecure people in the country, which now stands at 51 per cent of the total population as compared to about 22 per cent six years back; this is largely due to the decline in agricultural production, especially in the Punjab, caused by ill-conceived policies,” said Pakistan Agriculture Scientists Association (PASA) Chairman Jamshed Cheema.

He said that investment in agriculture sector not only ensures food security of any country but also help to produce a healthy nation besides promoting rule of law in the society.

Keeping in view the population growth, Pakistan needs 50 per cent more agricultural production by 2025 and it can only be done by strengthening the agricultural sector and promoting good agricultural practices for maximum per acre yield.

The PASA Chairman believed that undernourished Pakistani population is reduced to two meals a day from three meals.


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