KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Chairman Standing Committee on Horticulture & Agriculture Produce, Ahmad Jawad said on Tuesday that the government estimates that Pakistan has collectively suffered losses to the tune of $20 billion due to the adverse and increasing effects of climate change, which would be a great concern for us.
As Pakistan is among the countries which are most vulnerable to climate change, and has a very low technical and financial capacity to adapt to its adverse impacts”. The more immediate and pressing task for the country was to adapt itself to this climate change. Though realising the importance of the issue, government approved the National Climate Change Policy in 2012, but there has been no further progress on that front either.
However, Jawad viewed that federal government alone could not cope with vagaries of the climate change. All provincial governments and AJK have to be on the same page for this purpose including the private sector to come forward in this national fight against climate change particularly for country agriculture sector, a back bone of the economy.
He said being an agrarian country, Pakistan’s economy heavily depends on agriculture which is facing an imminent threat from climate change. After the 18th Amendment several subjects, including environment, natural ecology, health, food production and agriculture had devolved to provinces, but that provincial governments had taken no measures to devise their own climate adaptation policies
According to report of WWF, Pakistan ranks among top 10 countries vulnerable to climate change and report further highlights that our agrarian economy will get affected by 2040 up to 10 pc of its output which is alarming for all of us and it’s a huge percentage, he said.
Jawad proposed that climate change sections should be established in the federal planning commission and provincial planning and development departments for smooth coordination between the federal and provincial governments on climate change-related matters.
It is also need of the hour to improved farm management practices such as better utilisation of water in irrigation, tillage and agro-chemical input use, including the creation of a large number of field schools where knowledge can be disseminated to farmers to enable them to adapt to the challenges coming their way; he added.