STAFF REPORT KHI: President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Dr Attaur Rahman, has unfolded that Pakistani scientists are involved in the field of biosaline agriculture in order to grow maize, wheat, rice and other crops using seawater.

“Pakistanis is already confronting with water shortage while the global warming will cause a massive drought across the world over the next 20 years. Socio-economic development is no longer dependent on natural resources. Knowledge has become the main driving force for world economies,” Dr. Atta said while delivering an online lecture The Thrilling World of Discovery at ICCBS, University of Karachi.

The lecture was organised by the National Academy of Young Scientists, Pakistan in connection with the World Science Day for Peace and Development.

Dr Atta, who is also a former HEC chairperson, said that scientists at the ICCBS are working vigorously on various topics, while research on Biosaline Agriculture is a part of these efforts. He said the establishment of the Jamilur Rahman Centre for Genomic Research at ICCBS will help scientists engage in research work in this specific area.

Countries such as China, Singapore, Korea and Taiwan had realized the relevance of knowledge and made great progress.

He said that Pakistan needs to follow the footprints of these countries to achieve advancement on the economic front.

“The world has made wonderful progress in the field of science and technology,” he said. “By using nanotechnology, bulletproof papers are being made which are stronger than steel. These papers are being used to make bulletproof jackets.”

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