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FPCCI demands firm policy regarding climate change

Lahore: Pakistan’s economy is facing loss due to climate change and there is a need for an efficient national policy with active involvement of scientists, agriculturists, city planners and healthcare providers.

The Regional Chairman of FPCCI Horticulture Exports Committee, Ahmad Jawad said this on Friday. He said climate change is already causing 0.7 per cent loss to the country’s annual GDP. “Ground realities in terms of surge in the incidence rate of natural calamities coupled with poor managerial skills at varied levels is feared to expose country to further loss,” claimed the expert.

Emphasizing that people across the country must realize that climate change is a fact affecting their lives in varied manners, Ahmad Jawad said this may not be changed but its intensity can be significantly reduced through an efficient and pragmatic approach.

“Collective wisdom is definitely needed,” he reiterated mentioning that traditional practices applied by farmers can always be complimented with adequate technological interventions. “This will help us to prepare for climate change induced dangers that lie ahead,” said Ahmad Jawad reminding that floods, storms, landslides, droughts, wildfire, hail and tornados are the new norms of South Asia’s ecology.

Elaborating his stance, he said increases in global temperature has not only led to rise in sea levels, but have also impacted the availability of agricultural land for cultivation. “Equally alarming is the influence of rising temperatures on growing conditions for crops, with increases in crop failures and production declines threatening regional food security,” he said.

Ahmad Jawad said it was need of the hour to revamp agriculture sector in consonance with the modern trends to increase production and to make it profitable. Regretting that agriculture sector in the country lags far behind many of the other parts of world, he suggested need to promote drill sowing and quality seed especially for wheat and cotton that will enhance the growth rate upto 4%

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