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Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) Published a Report on Water Security Issues of Agriculture in Pakistan

Pakistan is confronting several issues of national concern and the issue of growing water scarcity, specially the water
security issues of agriculture is among the prime concerns at the moment. Prof. Dr. Riaz Hussain Qureshi, a soil scientist (Prof. Emeritus and former Vice Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad) and Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, an agricultural engineer (Director General and former Chairman, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Islamabad) have jointly compiled and published the book on “Water Security Issues of Agriculture in Pakistan” at the platform of the Academy. It provides a comprehensive overview of the status of water security issue in Pakistan and encompasses features such as water availability indicators, water quality, statistics of land and water use in Pakistan, water wastage at the field level, causes of water shortage and the way forward, misuse of water, key forces of climate change affecting the future of water security in the country, water storage situation and misconceptions about dams, dryland agriculture, implementation of national water policy-2018, solutions for a way forward to secure water for agriculture in Pakistan. The book emphasizes the need for a closer alignment between water and agricultural policies and makes the case for immediate implementation of “no-regrets” strategies which have both positive development outcomes and make agricultural water supply systems resilient to future impacts. The book has been distributed among the relevant professionals, policy makers, stake holders and water managers for their perusal.

 

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