Thar yields fruits thanks to bio-saline agriculture: Sindh’s largest desert region of Tharparkar is yielding fruits, including apple ber and also chiku, thanks to bio-saline agriculture strategies.
Rich in coal and bad in water, Thar usually rely on rainfall to grow plants. But, due to the bio-saline technique effectively tried out by the Pakistan Farming Study Council (PARC) three years back, the desert area has the ability to water orchards and plants.
PARC-SARC Supervisor General (DG) Dr Attaullah Khan claimed it was an effort to try something brand-new using his previous experiences.
” In 2012-13, ex-PARC chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmed visited Thar as well as uploaded me there,” Dr Attaullah remembered, adding: “He (Dr Iftikhar Ahmed) said he wants to see this centre as the centre of quality as well as he supported me.”
” We believed it was not feasible. However he (Dr Iftikhar) said it is unfavorable if a scientist says so.”
Dr Attaullah claimed he had sent a proposition to the Ministry of National Food Safety to bring about a comparable change in the animals market in the Thar region.
The DG discussed that livestock production is feasible even in locations where complete liquified solids (TDS) is 6,000 and also above. Nevertheless, he included, Thar’s underground saline water had 3,500-4,000 TDS degree.
He mentioned that Thar depends on livestock. Thari cow breed was required to India and also Brazil where it produces approximately 38 litre milk in a day yet that cow produces a mere 4 litre milk in Pakistan, emphasizing the requirement for sprucing up the animals field.