Resource rich Sindh is the only unit where poverty and hunger are on the increase. It is painful that agricultural productivity is dropping in the province. This is happening due to the degradation of natural resources, poor access to markets, low investment in agricultural research, training and extension services, the lack of private sector services to fill the vacuum left and above all the pervasive corruption and lethargy in all provincial departments. Climate change, in the form of increased extreme weather patterns, particularly more frequent and prolonged droughts, is expected to have a further detrimental effect on Sindh’s agriculture. More painfully, nowadays the province is facing an acute crisis of gunny bags (Bardana) and the provincial food minister, who seems genuine in his efforts and pious in his intentions, is unable to do anything as corruption rules the roost in his ministry.

HASHIM ABRO,

Islamabad, April 16.