No chance of food shortage in Pakistan


STAFF REPORT ISB: Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research Rajab Ali Baloch has recently told the National Assembly there is no chance of food shortages in next few years as the country enjoying sufficient food reserves.

During the question hour in the House, he said that there is no proposal under consideration of the government to introduce agricultural reforms in the country as agriculture department has transferred to the provinces after 18th amendment.

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Water shortage endangering Indus river dolphin


STAFF REPORT KHI: Habitat of the Indus River dolphin, currently reduced to one-fifth of its historical range, is degraded primarily due to shortage of water caused by its diversions to meet the growing agricultural needs in country.

This was stated by speakers during an awareness event about conservation of Indus dolphin, organised by WWF-Pakistan on Sunday at Indus River Dolphin Conservation and Information Centre, Sukkur.

Imran Malik, Senior Conservation Officer of WWF-Pakistan said

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Water shortage endangering Indus river dolphin


STAFF REPORT KHI: Habitat of the Indus River dolphin, currently reduced to one-fifth of its historical range, is degraded primarily due to shortage of water caused by its diversions to meet the growing agricultural needs in country.

This was stated by speakers during an awareness event about conservation of Indus dolphin, organised by WWF-Pakistanon Sundayat Indus River Dolphin Conservation and Information Centre, Sukkur.

Imran Malik, Senior Conservation Officer of WWF-Pakistan said

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Sindh farmers protest on against water shortage


STAFF REPORT HYD: The two-month long sporadic protests and long marches of the farmers, belonging to the tail reaches of the Kotri barrage’s irrigation network, are still continuing despite the Sindh CM’s visit to Umerkot and Badin districts to resolve the issue.
According to the estimates of the Sindh Abadgar, rice seed worth Rs4 billion have been lost as the lands where the seed was sown could not get water. The cost of other inputs and labour as well as the expected earnings from the

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Resolving national water shortage issue


Pakistan has in most areas of agriculture a monsoon climate, and there might be abundant rainfall during the wet season and then a very long dry season where crop production depends very heavily on irrigation water. In this situation, when ground water is excessively over-pumped to meet agriculture requirement results in formation of salinity and barren lands that in long run causes food scarcity in the country. This man-made practice disrupts the natural hydrologic cycle, causes rivers and

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Food crops under threat due to water shortage




STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector is considered the backbone of the country’s economy, contributing 21.4 per cent to the national output and employing 45 per cent of the labour force.
But this is one of the most neglected sectors that has not been the top priority of successive governments as well as political parties. Farmers are not provided sufficient subsidy, rather subsidised food is given to urban population by keeping support prices of crops at minimum levels to avoid

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Water shortage for Rabi crops feared



STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted below normal winter rainfall this year between January and March as a result of which Rabi crops, particularly wheat, will face water shortage in the rain-fed areas. In a latest advisory issued by the PMD, however, expected slightly above normal snowfall over the hills during the ongoing season that would last from January to March.

Issued by its Director-General Arif Mahmood, the department maintained that

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Acute water shortage – a red alert for leadership




Red alert for the political leadership of Pakistan, as the country has been categorized with the water stressed of "80 per cent status, in spite of located within the Asia’s world water tower – the Himalayan mountain ranges. This is a serious and final warning to the decision makers to act on fast track basis to avert any impeding catastrophic situation in the days to come. Altogether there is no concept of IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) practices in the country or

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Gas shortage declines urea production

STAFF REPORT IBD: The fertiliZer sector’s performance remained dismal during 2012 mainly due to the unprecedented cut in gas supply: hardly 4.1 million tons of urea was produced against an installed capacity of 6.9 million tons. The sharp decline in the overall production was mainly because of weak performance of SNGPL-based fertiliser plants, facing the worst-ever gas crisis."SNGPL-based fertilizer plants produced only 11.6 percent of their total urea production capacity. Urea production

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Solar energy panacea to power shortage

By Ijaz KakakhelSOLAR ENERGY generation is the real time solution to Pakistan’s growing energy scarcity problem whereby environment-friendly renewable energy can be produced in the shortest possible time.According to experts, if renewable energy generation options are not adopted, the power shortage will become more acute – to 19,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020. In this regard the government is active in promotion of solar energy in the country. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Water and

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