The president in a meeting with the Japanese ambassador has called for modernising agriculture in Pakistan by incorporating Japanese technology. Will Japanese technology overcome the prevailing water shortage? Crops can be grown without soil but not without water. For how long will our two dams keep meeting the ever growing demand with ever decreasing storage capacity? The issue of water shortage has serious ramifications in terms of agricultural production, agro based exports, foreign exchange earnings, food inflation, job creation, poverty alleviation, livelihood of the rural population etc. Small and medium dam will not suffice and Bhasha Dam, with all its limitations, is 15 years away. Only Kalabagh Dam can save 19 crore people from hunger, thirst and poverty looming over their heads.

ENGR KHURSHID ANWER,

Lahore, November 22.