Water paucity major challenge to agriculture sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: A recently held two-day water conference highlighted problems, which the countrys prime agriculture sector is likely to face due to drying up of irrigation resources in future, if steps were not taken to improve supplies across the country.

Speakers at the conference titled as “Water Co-operation in Action – From the Global to the Grassroots” proposed immediate steps to overcome the growing water scarcity.

The experts proposed ways to meet the challenges and highlighted the problems of water shortage, which the country continues to face and feared the dwindling resources with changing climate will further shorten if immediate measures were not taken.

Chairperson Hisaar Foundation, Zohair Ashir, Senior Advisor to the Global Water Partnership at UNDP, Khalid Mohtadullah, Country Co-ordinator WSP, World Bank, Farhan Sami and Chair Academic Committee, Hisaar Foundation, Simi Kamal spoke at the opening session.

They said the country is facing water scarcity, which need a proper management by the government and social groups. They feared the countrys agriculture sector will lose its growth if water supplies did not improve in years to come. They observed the climate change has accelerated melting of glaciers which the government should also monitor.

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