Saturday, 20 September 2014
What is Pakistan's dilemma with floods and what can be done about it? There is nothing absolute in my life except the dictates of the Almighty. What are the consequences of this statement? It simply means that I do not see why with an upright mind that the Homo sapiens have there are no neo interventions. Neo stands for alternatives but if you have superficially educated engineers and irrigation engineers are a devastating lot there will be no interventions that can handle the situation. President Zardari was the only one who understood that water is a precious commodity and if not handled well can lead to disaster and he felt that the water sector required an out of the box solution and for that he handed the responsibility to agriculture research. Precious water cannot be thrown away in buckets is what Lee Kuan Yew the Singaporean PM stated in a seminar at the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC). When you are talking to the engineers and I know many of them you are in virgin territory when it comes to efficient use of this commodity. Please do not hand me the cliché that we have the world's largest irrigation system and if the land is moist then its productivity is unparallel. Do not live under any delusions. The irrigation system may be the largest but we are the world's most inefficient system when it comes to agriculture productivity. But that is another story.