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NPO to hold seminar on management of irrigation water from Monday.

ISLAMABAD -- National Productivity Organization (NPO) will hold a five-day International Seminar on 'Innovations in Irrigation Water Management for Sustainable Food Security' from Monday here at a local hotel.

This five-day session will gather international participants from twenty different countries with an objective to address the challenges of complex solution of food insecurity.

The seminar would be organized in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization, Asian Productivity Organization, United States Department of Agriculture and Ministry of Food Security, said a news release issued here on Sunday.

Another purpose of this session would be to share innovative approaches towards cropping/farming systems practices in irrigated areas. The session will include three experts from Asian Productivity Organization (APO), one local and one from USA.

This international programme comes with a realization that achieving food security in the face of additional food demand could be possible through raising productivity of existing irrigated farmland, upgrading rainfed farming and increasing international trade in food for overcoming food security concerns of the future.

In view of the huge untapped food production potential of the irrigated agriculture in Pakistan, raising productivity of this sector must be the key consideration in producing the additional food needed.

Not only Pakistan but also Asia is subject to shrinking water resources problem, therefore, the experts in this session are expected to speak about innovative approaches that can address the challenges of irrigated agriculture having potential to produce more food with existing or even less water, and preventing the deterioration of water quality through contamination by soil runoff, nutrients, and agrochemicals.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jan 21, 2013
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