ISLAMABAD (APP) - Pakistan is unlikely to face food crisis in future as new technologies are being introduced by agriculture scientists to help enhance per acre crop yield, Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) said. We are aware of the fact that the countrys population would almost double by 2020 and scientists are working rigorously to introduce new farming inputs to enhance crop productivity and cater to future needs, Dr. Zafar Altaf told APP in an exclusive interview. He said that it was very unfortunate that no proper research was done so far in this line and warned that if this practice was continued, it would invite problems for the country. However, Dr.Zafar Altaf contended that PARC scientists have introduced various new technologies, for enhancing quality and quantity of agriculture yield with minimum possible input. He said that PARC scientists have successfully conducted research on organic wheat farming and have been successful in enhancing the quality and quantity of the crop through organic way of farming. He said that when this model is replicated in the countrys agriculture fields, it would boost quality production with low inputs, helping the country overcome the challenges of population growth besides increasing its income by exporting the surplus yield. He was of the view that organic farming was the best option for producing quality agriculture products on cheaper costs to cater to domestic consumption needs besides attracting international markets. He said that utilization of organic farming would save billion of rupees which the country was spending on imports of chemical fertilizers. Besides, he added, the chemical fertilizers were very fatal for the soil whereas the organic fertilizers helps preserve the fertility of the soil. He said that water scarcity would be the biggest challenge in near future adding that PARC has taken initiatives to resolve this problems by recycling the impure water to make it usable for crop production. Giving details, he said that five teams of PARC were working on the water recycling project. He said that the PARC has also initiated projects to utilize the salty water of sea for cultivation purposes adding that as many as 84 seed varieties have been discovered that could produce best crop yields in coastal areas. Zafar Altaf said that the scientists have also introduced Aerobic Rice Production Technology to enhance rice production by utilizing minimum possible water. By utilizing this technology, the paddy crops would not need standing water and this would save about 40 percent water required for the fields he said adding that this technology would help enhance production from existing 26 Maund to 73 Maund per acre. Similarly, the PARC Chairman said that by utilizing Chinese technology of cotton production, the production of the crop could be enhanced from existing 30 maund per acre to 100 maund per acre adding that experiments to this effect have already be conducted in Sindh and Punjab. Dr. Zafar Altaf was of the view that Pakistan was having great resources but resolve and commitment was needed to exploit these resources to ensure sustainable socio-economic growth and secure future of the country.