An irrigation engineer of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has emphasised the need that the government should take appropriate actions to provide seeds, fertiliser and other inputs to farmers and repair irrigation system on priority bases in the flood-affected areas.
Taking to Business Recorder, Imtiaz Ahmed, Executive Engineer of Wapda said the worst floods in the history of the country have swept away nation`s most important crops, destroying cotton and corn crops, vegetables and orchards, leaving many people in need of emergency food.
The floods also destroyed corn, vegetable, fruit, sugarcane and cotton crops. Quoting government estimates, he said around 23 percent of the current crop has been destroyed. Imtiaz said country`s most important crop `wheat` is not sown until September or October. Time is ripe for sowing wheat and it is time that the government must come forward to help framers and supply them seeds on priority bases. He was of the view that the food crisis could expand into a long-term problem if farmers fail to get seeds and other agriculture inputs on time. The floods, he pointed, have also smashed logistics and transportation systems that made it possible to get agriculture proceeds to markets, so these should also be taken care of on priority bases.
Floods in Pakistan, since July, are one of the biggest disasters in recent world history. Some 17 million people have been affected, and many have been killed. Much of the nation`s farmland has been inundated leaving crops destroyed and markets empty. The important cotton and wheat areas of Punjab and Sindh provinces are prosperous agricultural areas. The floods devastated both the provinces. Poor farmers have very little ability to meet the situation and cultivate crops on time.
Source: Buisness Recorder