By Javairia Shafiq
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem haider, Director, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, University of the Punjab, Lahore in collaboration with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized a national seminar entitled “Looming Water Crises in Pakistan, Impact and Solution.”
The chief guest of the seminar was Dr. ghazanfar Ali Khan, Additional Secretary (Planning) Agriculture Department, government of the Punjab. Speakers and participants from different organizations and academia shared their views and experiences on water crises in the country. The chief guest Dr. ghazanfar talked about the policies of Agriculture Department to minimize the water crises.
He also shared the latest developmental schemes of Agriculture Department, government of Punjab. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem haider, Director IAGS focused on the judicious use of water in routine life and highlighted the importance of the Kala Bagh Dam. engr. Zamir Ahmad Somro, Dr. ghulam Nabi, Mr. Fareed Noon and Dr. Bilal Chattha, Assistant Professor (IAGS) spoke comprehensively on the importance and management options of water resources. group discussion was arranged and the options for the construction of water reservoirs were discussed.
At the end, attendees were agreed to use high efficiency irrigation systems for water thirsty crops to enhance water use efficiency and build the dams immediately to conserve the water.