QUETTA, (Parliament Times) : During the recent monsoon, rains and floods played havoc in over two dozen districts of Balochistan. Keeping in mind the huge losses to farmers of the poor Balochistan province, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA-Pakistan) provided 12,500 certified wheat seed bags to flood affected farmers of five ‘Green Belt’ districts including Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Soubatpur, Jal Magsi and Kacchi. The Japanese assistance enables 2,500 flood affected farmers families to cultivate wheat crop on their 12,500 acres of land during this Rabi season which will ultimately ensure the food security through availability of sufficient wheat yield in the next harvesting season.
During the recent monsoon season, intense rainfall caused severe flooding across Pakistan and impacted a large number of people and households including deaths of people, damages of infrastructure, destruction of agricultural areas and pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. As per Rapid Need Assessment conducted by Government and FAO Pakistan, in Balochistan province 4,972 km2 agricultural area (1,228,531 acres, 15 percent of the total agriculture area in Balochistan) has been inundated. Furthermore, Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) report on Pakistan flood 2022 also emphasized immediate needs by ensuring preparedness for the incoming Rabi season through land clearance and land preparation, and the distribution of agricultural inputs (seeds and fertilizers) to small and medium agriculture farmers.
As per the Government of Balochistan’s demand, The Government of Japan and JICA Pakistan office decided to extend the critical support to ensure food security in flood affected areas in Balochistan province. Mr. Yasumitsu Kinoshita, JICA Pakistan office and Abdul Wahab Kakhar, Director General, Directorate of Agriculture Extension, Government of Balochistan signed Minutes of Meeting on the additional assistance for support for livelihood improvement of agriculture farmers affected by flood 2022 in the selected districts of Balochistan province under JICA’s ongoing technical cooperation project – Capacity Development of Agriculture Extension Services in Balochistan Province.
JICA hired the services of Taraqee Foundation, local organization in Balochistan for quick assessment of 2,500 affected farmers families from five districts Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Soubatpur, Jal Magsi and Kacchi which will be provided 5 bags (for 5 acres of land) of certified wheat seeds to each farmer after verification process by the district’s authorities of Government of Balochistan. Moreover, JICA’s cooperation also improves the livelihood of 2,500 agricultural farmer’s families affected by flood 2022 in Balochistan. People of Balochistan have expressed pleasure over the generous contribution of JICA.