Cli­mate changes af­fect­ing agro­nom­i­cal pat­terns: VC

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

FAISALABAD— Univer­sity of Agri­cul­ture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chan­cel­lor Prof Dr Iqrar Ah­mad Khan said here on Mon­day that cli­mate changes had been af­fect­ing the agro­nom­i­cal pat­terns in the re­gion and caus­ing heavy losses to agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tiv­ity and threat­en­ing the food se­cu­rity in the coun­try.

He was chair­ing a meet­ing of sci­en­tists from the Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences, or­gan­ised by the US-Pak­istan Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Stud­ies in Agri­cul­ture and Food Se­cu­rity at Syn­di­cate Room. US-Pak CAS-AFS Chief of Party Dr Bashir Ah­mad and other no­ta­bles also at­tended the meet­ing.

Dr Iqrar said that cot­ton leaf curl virus (CLCV) was noth­ing to do with the re­cent drop of cot­ton pro­duc­tion. It was due to cli­mate changes which re­duced the cot­ton pro­duc­tion by 35 per cent.

He said that the univer­sity was mak­ing a pol­icy for the govern­ment to fight the fu­ture chal­lenges of the cot­ton crop.He sought the re­search pro­pos­als from sci­en­tists that would be car­ried out un­der the USPCAS-AFS.

He said that high ef­fi­ciency ir­ri­ga­tion was in high de­mand, but un­for­tu­nately, our coun­try was lag­ging far be­hind in the area.—APP

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