Federal Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gull appreciated the efforts of PMAS- AAUR on Climate Change for Sustainable and Drought Resistant Agriculture

A gender inclusive training has been conducted in Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi on "Opportunities in the Climate Change for Sustainable and Drought Resistant Agriculture" where Miss Zartaj Gull Minister for Climate change participated as a chief guest with the university vice chancellor Prof Dr. Qamar uz Zaman.

While addressing to the participants the minister said that Pakistan is facing the worst effects due to the climate change and falls in the top ten countries in the world. She said that climate change is not only increasing temperature, but also affecting our ecosystem which is resulting in insecurity of food. She said that climate change is one of the worst threats which Pakistan is facing. We prioritize the issue which linked to the individuals or a small group, but climate change is an issue which is affecting the whole population, she said. During her speech she said that being an agricultural country, our 70% population depends upon it and it is an alarming situation that due to climate change and drought we are facing the food shortage. She said that it's a disgraceful situation for us that our children are dying due to drought in Sindh and Baluchistan. She said that climate change is one of the top priority agenda of this government and they are working on an emergency basis as one billion tree plantations would be completed this year. She also hinted on the rules and regulations being developed by the government for water pumping which are the first of its kind in Pakistan. Commenting on industry linkage with the academia, she said that this part is being neglected in Pakistan, which should be strengthened to meet the future needs. The minister appreciated the efforts of the vice chancellor & his team and said that her ministry seeks the technical assistance from the technical experts & university's scholars.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Dr. Qamar uz Zaman said that Arid University is working hard to make its progress not in academics, but in the field also to strengthen the link between academia, industry and grower. He said that many teams of Arid Agriculture University consisting of agri scientists, researchers and students have been formulated who will visit different villages of different tehisls of pothohar to facilitate farmers. While appreciating the governments clean, green Pakistan initiative, he said that almost twenty thousand plants have been distributed amongst the community free of cost with thousands of plantation at Koont farm. He said that his university will stand side by side with the government with their any initiatives towards agriculture. The session ended with the vote of the thanks of the chief guest and other participants.