Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rural-urban migration: ‘Pakistan may face food crisis by 2030’

Rural-urban migration: ‘Pakistan may face food crisis by 2030’

Published: October 20, 2011

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr Ansar Pervez has warned that due to the alarming rate of rural-urban migration, the entire world, including Pakistan, will face massive food security, pollution and health hazards crises by 2030.

Addressing a conference arranged by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, on Wednesday, he said that at present 70 per cent of the global population is shifting to cities and there is a need to formulate policies to meet the challenges that follow this shift. As a result of the flood in Pakistan, issues such as food security have worsened, he said. Speaking on the occasion, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof.

Dr Iqrar Ahmed Khan said that the burden of providing such security lies on agriculture scientists and policy makers by mapping out a comprehensive plan to fight hunger.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2011.

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