In Pakistan, one-third of the area was affected by floods, affecting 33 million people. It is extremely difficult to estimate the extent of damage to the rural sector.
According to a conservative estimate, more than three million crops were damaged by the floods and more than two million people became malnourished.
Resource expert Taseef-ul-Haq says it is a big disaster for our country. He said the biggest challenge after the floods will be food security. The challenge for us will be how quickly we can restore the devastated lands.
He said a major challenge is that our affected farmers do not have funds to grow their next crop.
Tausif-ul Haque said that our GDP has been affected due to floods. Destruction of cotton crop will affect our textile industry which will affect our exports. Decline in our exports will directly affect Pakistan’s economy.
He said that not only in flood-affected areas, but also in non-flooded areas, the cotton crop has been damaged.
Regarding the post-flood recovery situation, he said topsoil is very important for crops. If the flood carries that level, the next crop will surely suffer and recovery will take time.
Apart from stagnant water and soil properties, the way to fix it is to retest the soil, he said. Without it we cannot predict which crops these soils are best for.
Tasif-ul-Haq said his company ‘Sigenta Pakistan’ is doing a lot of research in the country’s resource sector. Sigenta Pakistan is also playing a role in equipping the agricultural sector with modern technology to provide facilities to the farmers.
He said that his company is taking various measures for the rehabilitation and relief of flood affected areas. First, a fund has been formed through partnership with a local NGO, in which all our employees and their family members will contribute. Provide assistance. This aid will be delivered to the flood affected areas.
He said that apart from this, their teams are present in the flood affected areas so that they can advise the farmers on recovery of the area and crops.
He said that he will give relief package so that the farmers can grow the next crop. As a resource expert, he advises that integration with technology is very important in Pakistan. We cannot increase the productivity of our resources unless we combine resourcefulness with innovation.
In this context, he suggested that regenerative agriculture techniques should be promoted. In regenerative agriculture, since old crop residues are used as organic fertilizers, the above elements of soil fertility are retained. This fertile layer of earth is protected even in disaster situations like floods.