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“Climate change is an established phenomenon all over the world,” Speakers at 18 International Soil Science Congress

Hyderabad, February 13, 2020 (PPI-OT):The speakers observed that climate change is an established phenomenon all over the world, which has impacted badly Pakistan as well and caused increased variability in rainfall pattern, increased risks of floods and droughts, severe water-stressed conditions in arid and semiarid region, food insecurity due to reduced agriculture productivity. Therefore, climate smart practices need to be adopted for mitigation of these climatic adverse impact they suggested during the closing ceremony of 18 International Soil Science Congress jointly organized by Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam and Pakistan Soil Science Society held at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam on 11-13, February, 2020.

The congress under the theme of “Wise soil management ensures better environment and livelihood” attracted more than 350 delegates from all over the country and abroad. The recommendations said that measurement of actual carbon status and carbon sequestration potential of major soils of Pakistan under different ecological and environmental scenarios should be estimated and should be enhanced in soil by incorporating farm wastes and crop residues to reduce the GHGs emission to atmosphere.

Water use efficiency should be improved using drip and sprinkler irrigation, by timely water application, lining of water courses and by rainwater harvesting, the speakers suggested.

Muhammad Ismail Rahoo, Minister for Agriculture, Supply and prices Sindh presided over the closing ceremony of the international congress and highlighted that quality of soil is deteriorating day after day and we have to take up these challenges. In fact the scholars and researchers have produced recommendation here, which will help the policy makers and planners of Government of Sindh and Federal to develop strategies to save fertility of our lands, which is main source of producing food for the nation.

Mr. Rahool further added that soil is one of the most important and essential natural resources. It is a critical part of successful agriculture. Government of Sindh is making efforts for soil reclamation we are too anxious to hear from our distinguished scholars through proceedings of this congress on the recent research development in the field of wise land management for livelihood.

He appreciated the efforts of the Prof. Dr. Mujeebuddin Memon, Vice Chancellor, SAU Tandojam for hosting this mega event and provided the platform to the stakeholders to share and exchange their ideas and thoughts for better tomorrow.

He added that we have important land and coastal line including Indus delta and different areas of the soil which is being degraded and farmers are facing problems to get maximum per acre yield. He urged the farmers to must understand the soil for cultivating crops as per seasons. In fact the researchers, scientists, scholars and graduates from agriculture university playing a key role for transfer of technology and knowledge to the faring community.

Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Memon Sahrai Vice Chancellor SAU said that there were very knowledgeable academic and interactive sessions during the three days which have earned set of recommendations. These valuable recommendations must be implemented at government level to save natural assets.

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the life of our economy which provides food and raw material but also employment opportunity to a large population of our country. He added that, soil have important direct and indirect impact on agriculture productivity, water quality, and the global climate and there is a need to implement these recommendations of the congress for economic development of the country.

Prof Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, president Soil Science Society of Pakistan and vice chancellor Azad and Jamon Kashmir University in his address termed the event more successful which brought together scholars, researchers, soil scientists, who may contribute in future to improve soil status for agriculture and above all to benefit ecosystem. He thanked SAU for hosting the international congress.

Dr Qmaeuddin Chachar, dean faculty crop production, Dr Enayat Rajpar, chairman department of soil science, Dr Murtaza Jamro, secretary congress, Hidayatullah Chhajro, DG Agriculture Extension Sindh, Noor Muhammad Baloch, DG Agriculture Research Tandojam, and others also spoke on the occasion.

The recommendations said that bio-fertilizers can save substantial cost by rationalizing the chemical fertilizers. Future research should be focused on using specific as well as microbial consortium for developing biofertilizers to save the environmental and soil eco-system.

Quality control of agriculture inputs that’s of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides should be monitored at different stages from production, marketing and use at farm level. Land degradation factors like salinity, poor quality groundwater, nutrient mining, and erosion, need immediate attention of researchers and planned engaged in working in the field of soil and environmental sciences.

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