Speakers Call For Plan Of Action To Ensure Sustainable Rice Production

Speakers call for plan of action to ensure sustainable rice production

The speakers at a seminar have said that rice was the staple food for more than half of the world population and a source of employment therefore the rice growers must have proper training to ensure sustainable high yield with less input.

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th May, 2018 ) :The speakers at a seminar have said that rice was the staple food for more than half of the world population and a source of employment therefore the rice growers must have proper training to ensure sustainable high yield with less input.

The seminar titled "Water Productivity and Sustainable Rice Production" was organized by Rice Partners (Pvt) Ltd (RPL) in collaboration with Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Mars food for rice millers in Lahore, says a statement received here on Friday. Additional Secretary Planning and Development, Agriculture Department, Government of the Punjab, Dr.

Ghazanfar Ali Khan said this was time to support poor rice farmers to reduce their cost of production and increase yield of rice by adopting conservation agriculture techniques. Chief Operating officer RPL Muhammad Ali Tariq said that Pakistan was at number seven among the most water scarce countries.

"We have to develop an action plan and implement it in true spirit so that the farmers could produce the rice with minimum us of water without any yield or quality penalty". In the seminar, about 80 rice milers and officials from public and private sector including agriculture, NGOs, academia and media participated and shared their experiences. The principles of sustainable rice production were highlighted by the speakers.

The Project Manager RPL Zafar Iqbal said, the RPL was promoting sustainable rice production and water productivity in rice value chain.

"RPL has trained more than 12,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture, water productivity crop in rice value chain and crop management." RPL contract farming program help the farmers a lot in terms of low cost on crop production, water efficiency in the rice cultivation and livelihoods of the farmers have been improved.

CEO Pakistan Agriculture Coalition, Dr. Arif Nadeem said that that there was dire need to start a dialogue between all the rice stakeholders to design a pragmatic action plan for ensuring national rice food security and sustainability.

Country Director Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Dr. Arjumand Nizami said presently irrigation system was being implementing through Public Private Partnership due to inefficiency of public sector.

Chairman REAP, Sami Ullah Naeem has said that modern mechanical harvesting of basmati rice varieties at the premature stage is common, leading to increased post-harvest losses and infestation of microbial organisms in the paddy due to improper drying and storage facilities.

Country Director International Water Management Institute Dr. Arif Anwar said that per capita water availability has dropped from 2490 cubic meter to below 1000 cubic meter, He advised the rice millers to educate the farmers regarding water saving techniques and follow the Water Productivity (WAPRO) model of RPL.

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