Pakistan’s farmers must be better informed to adopt climate-smart agri practices to reduce GHGs

Lahore: Director Climate change programme of a Pakistani NGO Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy(PODA) and a former researcher of Beijing university of agriculture Dr Adnan Arshad has said that Pakistan’s farmers must be better informed to adopt climate-smart agricultural practices to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) emission from agriculture.

Dr Adnan Arshad is one of the top 130 worldwide climatologists who were invited to attend three day International Conference on “Zero Greenhouse Emission in High Productive Agriculture” held under the auspices of Aarhus University from May 3 to 5 at Copenhagen in Denmark. He further said in his speech in the conference that countries like Pakistan existing knowledge and production technologies are the significant contributor to anthropogenic global warming and reducing agricultural emissions, largely methane and nitrous oxide could play a significant role in climate change mitigation along with new and improved technologies and collaborative mechanisms. Moreover, ministries must pay attention to upscale the functioning through mapping and regular inventories of GHGs emission from all kinds of agricultural systems of the country,he added. He also stated that greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture originate from livestock, manure, soils, land use and fossil fuels. He claimed that society is increasingly successful in reducing emissions from non-agricultural sectors and within a few years, agriculture will be the sector with the largest greenhouse gas emissions, unless new production systems and technologies are introduced. He told the participants of the conference that we should build the capacities of end-users mainly small farmers particularly women and youth to improve understanding about how novel technologies and management of agricultural systems can lessen emissions at farm and landscape scales.He said the current heat waves in Pakistan and India are the evidence of high rate of GHGs trapping heat into the local climate.