Punjab Minister for Mines and Minerals Sher Ali on Thursday said that building more water reservoirs was imperative to fight water scarcity issue which was haunting agriculture sector of the country.

He addressed the concluding session of workshop titled “Water Management Technologies for Professionals of Balochistan” arranged by the Water Management Research Centre, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

He said that water crisis loomed over the country. The government is committed to take every possible step to tackle the issue. He said the agriculture was the backbone of the national economy, contributing 21 percent to the Gross Domestic Product. He viewed that the modern agricultural practices would not only increase the agricultural production but also help address the issue of food security. He stressed the need for promoting modern technologies in every field of agriculture. He said, “The training will prove knowledge and skills of the participants who would onwards disseminate techniques to the farming community.

Speaking on the occasion, South African High Commissioner M Kumalo said that agricultural sector had great importance all over the globe because it provided food for ever increasing population of the world. He said that modern trend adoption was vital to increase agriculture productivity. He hoped that the participants of the training would make best use of their knowledge.

UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad said that per capita water availability in the country had reached to the threshold level. He said that melting down of glaciers because of global warning was the dangerous trend.

 He said that concrete efforts were needed to educate people about conservation of water. He said that the UAF had waived off fee of students from Balochistan under the directives of the Punjab Chief Minister. WMRC Director Prof Dr Allah Bukhsh said that under the initiatives of FAO, the UAF had trained extension workers and farmers of Balochistan.