Lentils Con­sump­tion

Enterprise - - Letters - Seyd Inam-Ur-Rehman, Is­lam­abad.

A re­cent FAO re­port on the global state of food and agri­cul­ture raises sev­eral con­cerns in Pak­istan’s case. Fo­cus­ing on the in­ter­play be­tween cli­mate change, agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity, in line with trends else­where in the world, the re­port high­lights the de­cline in pro­tein con­sump­tion via lentils. His­tor­i­cally, agri­cul­ture has been a bal­anc­ing act be­tween hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties and nat­u­ral re­sources. The sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan with its agrar­ian back­ground is no ex­cep­tion. Agri­cul­tural emis­sions con­trib­ute to cli­mate change, thus for our re­gion to erad­i­cate the dou­ble bur­den of hunger and poverty we need to sta­bilise the global cli­mate, by shift­ing our ap­proach to­wards sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture. This would re­quire us, as cit­i­zens, to en­able an en­vi­ron­ment which en­cour­ages the lo­cal pro­duc­tion of beans and lentils by pref­er­en­tially util­is­ing them over meat and dairy as part of our di­etary sources of pro­tein. Chronic un­der-nu­tri­tion is a ma­jor chal­lenge in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries lead­ing to high stunt­ing rates amongst chil­dren of low-in­come house­holds. Mal­nu­tri­tion has long-term neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions for the eco­nomic devel­op­ment of a na­tion. In light of the high preva­lence of mal­nu­tri­tion in Asia, it would be wise to re­mem­ber that the nu­tri­tional value of lentils is high, and that they are also an essen­tial source of vi­ta­mins, mi­cronu­tri­ents and pro­teins as we strive to at­tain nu­tri­tional se­cu­rity.

The Pak­istan Agri­cul­tural Re­search Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to sup­ply­ing 1,000 tons of mung, maash, ma­soor and gram seeds to farm­ers in south­ern Pun­jab, Balochis­tan and KP as part of a 10-year pulses devel­op­ment project. Although this means in­creas­ing pro­duc­tion on marginalised land, the ques­tion is: what lo­cal con­di­tions are re­quired in these ar­eas to fa­cil­i­tate the pro­mo­tion of nu­tri­tion-spe­cific agri­cul­ture?

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