The University of Agriculture, Peshawar
Climate Change Centre
Workshop on Implications of Climate Change for Farming System and Water Resources in Dir and Chitral:
Climate Change Centre (CCC), The University of Agriculture Peshawar (UAP) organized a two-day workshop, with the financial support of Intercooperation Pakistan (IC), at main campus on January 25-26, 2017 to forecast possible implications of Climate Change (CC) on the farming system and water resources in Dir and Chitral districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Experts from the disciplines of Horticulture, Agronomy, Livestock, Sociology, Agriculture Extension, Agriculture Research, students of UAP and farmers from the respective districts participated in the workshop. The workshop had been designed to obtain recommendations for workable adaptation measures from the participant experts.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akmal, Director CCC and chair of the workshop highlighted objectives of the workshop as following;
The climate change is becoming a great threat to agriculture because the sector is highly dependent on the rainfall and temperature pattern. The changes in these two factors affect the sowing, harvesting, proper maturity, flowering and quality of crops, vegetables and fruits.
- To forecast the CC induced challenges and opportunities regarding farming system and water resources in Dir and Chitral districts.
- To obtain experts opinion for coping with expected challenges and availing the opportunities.
- To foster a working relationship among researchers, academia and the farming community.
- Involve youth in research studies in these area for improvement of agriculture with changing climate.
- Create awareness among the inhabitants of these districts about the upcoming challenges to agriculture.
Dr. Akmal, Director Climate Change Centre presented climate scenarios (2011 – 2040), simulated on the basis of last 30 years scenarios observed data, for Chitral and Dir districts. He told the participants that an increase in temperature and decrease in rainfall on proper timing would highly affect the agriculture of these districts. Changes in the frequency and severity of droughts and floods could pose challenges for farmers and ranchers and threaten food safety. Overall, climate change could make it more difficult to grow crops, raise animals, in these areas.