Islamabad: Chairman Peoples Agricultural Commission Dr Amir Mohammad Khan has said “the climate change does not only threaten our food security, but it posed a threat to Pakistan’s economic survival.”

While speaking at a forum on Climate Change , Food Insecurity and Communities’ Responses held in Islamabad, Chairman Peoples Agricultural Commission Dr Amir.

Dr. Munir Joint Director Pakistan Institute of Development Economics said the temperature seems to decline in Sargodha and Muzaffargarh and increasing in Faisalabad, Bahawalnagr, Mianwali, Multan, Peshawar, and Sakhar. He said that the climate change is one of the biggest challenges faced by the agricultural sector, while the best strategies to combat this is developing climate zones and introducing supplementary irrigation for sustainable agriculture because our land is arid and rain-fed.

MD. Rural Business Development Centre (RBDC) Dr Shahid Zia said that Climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters.

Special Envoy of UN-WMO on DRR & Climage Change Services for Asia Dr Qamar uz zaman Chaudhry said that the The climate change is having a serious impact on agriculture and water but Pakistan has no national policy on both areas. He said that the erratic changes in weather patterns are leading to impacts on crops sowing and harvesting time.

Head Agriculture & Coordination of Global Impact Study Centre Quaid-e-Azam University Dr Mohsin Iqbal claimed that production of wheat could drop 10 to 20 percent while production of rice could drop 15 to 18 percent in future due to climate change . He said farmers are trying to adopt with changing conditions on their own but they need help from research institutions and government departments.

Pakistan Oil seed Development Board Managing Director Syed Nasir Ali said that climate change can have impact on livestock as well. He said that oilseed plants like olive and palm should be promoted because they are resilient against climate change and by promoting such crops Pakistan can save precious foreign exchange.