Climate change is real and it is happening right now. Whether in Pakistan or in Antarctica, the effects of climate change are visible to everyone. The last decade has seen an increase in technology that has allowed combating and controlling the adverse effects of climate change. Pakistan has been a front-runner in acquiring this technology because as an agricultural country, our economy depends on it. One of the latest accomplishments in this regard is the launch of a climate smart agriculture project. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has helped in making this feat possible.
The adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam said that around three million farmers of Sindh and South Punjab would benefit from the Climate Smart Agriculture project to be executed in eight districts of the country. Such a vast application of the project will help most of the lands that have become dry in the country. The project also has a training element to it. This is a very necessary part, as many of the farmers in the country are not well versed in using new technology. They do not have the educational skills needed to deal with such smart objects. The government recognizes this and will train the framers. Professional international experts have been called in to help out in this.
Pakistan is one of the most affected countries due to climate change and its agriculture sector had faced the hostile effects of environmental deprivation as changes in weather patterns worried the farmers and the harvesting and sowing practices in the country. Let us hope that the climate smart agriculture project will be beneficial to the farmers and to Pakistan’s economy.