STAFF REPORT FBD: The storage capacity of water reservoirs in Pakistan has dropped by 30 per cent since 1976 as the level from 16 million acre feet (MAF) to 10 MAF mainly due to the increasing silt thus posing a threat to water and food security.
“The is a dire need for building big dams in a bid to tackle water scarcity as the country has been placed among water-scarce countries of the world,” said Punjab Water Council President Chaudhry Hamid Malhi while presiding over a seminar on water and food security recently held in connection with the World Water Day at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
He said that the people, who are devastated by floods in monsoon season, could be saved by constructing large dams, adding the stored water could also be used in droughts, which would restrict losses to life and agriculture.
Malhi criticised the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960, which gave control of three rivers to India, saying it has added to the woes of people of Pakistan.
In his remarks, UAF VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad called for maximising crop productivity with the use of drip irrigation technology and by discouraging farmers from continuing with old methods.
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