Islamabad (Adnan Hameed): The president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi underscored the critical importance of embracing modern agricultural technologies and employing effective decision-making strategies to address the pressing challenge of global warming.
The President made these remarks during his address at the Regional Dialogue 2024 on “Climate Crisis: Shaping South Asia’s Resilience,” organized by the Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad.
In his speech, President Alvi highlighted Pakistan’s abundant water resources and renewable energy potential, emphasizing the need for a proactive approach to implement decisions that would position the nation competitively on the global stage. He expressed concern over the necessity for a driving force to translate decisions into action.
Acknowledging Pakistan’s vast water resources, the President proposed that the adoption of modern agricultural techniques, such as spray and drip irrigation, could optimize the use of the approximately 150 million acre-feet of water available in the country. He stressed the urgency of moving away from flood irrigation methods. President Alvi advocated for the swift implementation of the national water policy and other relevant legislation, suggesting that the introduction of a pricing mechanism could contribute to effective water conservation.
As the nation grapples with the impacts of climate change, President Dr. Arif Alvi’s call for the adoption of advanced agricultural technologies reflects a forward-looking vision aimed at ensuring sustainability and resilience in the face of global environmental challenges.