Flooding adds to woes of Pakistan’s agriculture sector

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AID: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, pictured here in Februray, has urged the country’s goverment to declare an agricultural emergency following record-breaking rains.(Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP)

Record-breaking rains have wreaked havoc in parts of Pakistan, leaving many farms devastated and forcing hundred of thousands of people to flee to higher ground.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is now under pressure to declare an agricultural emergency.

He has already pledged a huge aid package for the Karachi region, including a programme to provide clean drinking water, clearing of drains and sewage and solid waste disposal over the next three years.

However, according to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the federal government needs to do more urgently.

On a visit to some of those worse affected, he said: “After this historic rainfall and locust attacks, now is the time to declare an agricultural emergency to provide relief to farmers.”

He said the provincial Sindh government was utilising all its resources but had already exhausted its supply of tents.

The PPP chairman urged the premier to take charge by fulfilling the need for reconstruction, rehabilitation and relief.

“We cannot leave our farmers and those affected by the rains helpless like this,” he said.

He went on: “In Sindh, rainfall and floods have affected 2.25 million citizens.

“All of Pakistan will need to unite to deal with this national disaster so that we can provide relief to the people.”

He said the coronavirus pandemic had already hit Pakistan’s economy hard and the rain fall and flooding was adding to the suffering.

“Agriculture is the backbone of the economy. When agriculture is affected, so is the country’s economy,” he added.


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