STAFF REPORT FBD: Speakers at a recently held International Seminar on Climate Change have expressed their concern about the state of climate change in Pakistan, saying unless it takes adaptive and mitigating measures, the country could face yield reduction in major crops from 7 to 45 per cent in the next four decades. The three-day international seminar was organised by Agro Climatology Lab of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).

“Agriculture experts need to play a pivotal role in mitigating the impact of climate change and be focused on taking adaptive measures,” said Dr Qamarul Zaman Chaudhry while speaking on the occasion as chief guest.

Prof. Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, agricultural model inter-comparison and improvement project resource person at the Washington State University, also emphasized the need for translating climate forecast into decision support for agriculture.

“We see a high level of interest in weather and climate change, but this interest has to be developed locally,” he said noting recent trends. Research alone is not sufficient but participatory approach for co-learning and dissemination involving a wide range of talent and institutions will increase the benefit manifolds.

The participants of the seminar also unanimously agreed on the need for a coherent and integrated plan to address the issue.

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