‘Thar famine artificially created by cruel feudalism’


KARACHI: Leading Pakistani scientists have warned the government the country was approaching towards drastic famine as irrigation lands were being reduced due to shortage of water.
Pakistan has produced wheat in surplus quantity, but the recent famine claiming hundreds of lives of children in Thar of Sindh was artificially created by the cruel feudalism. 
The increasing population is the real challenge for the country and its policy makers. Biotechnology can bring food security in the country as the technology has great potential to enhance food production.
At a press conference at Latif Ebrahim Jamal (LEJ) National Science Information Centre Karachi University (KU) on Monday Dr Iqbal Choudhary Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences KU and Pakistan Biotechnology Information Centre (PABIC) said food crises has become the fundamental issue in Pakistan, the country might face drastic famine in future as irrigation lands were being reduced due to shortage of water.
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country of the world with 185 million populations and expected to be fourth with 300 million populations by 2030. The world’s current population is over seven billion. The major challenges faced by the nation are wide spread food insecurity for the growing population, he said.
The objective of the press conference organised by Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Biotechnology Commission (PABIC) to raise awareness about the tremendous potential of biotechnology commercialisation for the sustainable development of the economy of Pakistan. 
Dr Anwer Nasim of PABIC said Pakistan has made great progress in the field of biotechnology in the beginning, we had only four or five institutions working in the field, but now we have 40 to 42 institutions where scientists were engaged in the activities of biotechnology. He urged the scientists to work only for the benefit of the country and nation. Dr Kausar Adulla Malik said the country’s feudalism was the responsible for the deaths of hundreds of children in Thar as there was no shortage of food in any part of the country.

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