Sustaining agricultural production in Pakistan: Obstacles and prospects

Rabia Manzoor, Abbas Maken, Richard Culas

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Abstract

The agricultural sector in Pakistan was given a monumental boost after the advent of the Green Revolution as it led to the introduction of improved crop varieties, streamlined the provision of irrigation water and heralded the extensive use of fertilizers and chemicals. However, since the 1960s and 1970s, due to the prevalence of unsustainable farming practices and the inefficient use of the given resources, agricultural sector has fallen into a state of disarray, undermining the gains which were previously made. Presently, Pakistan is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and also subject to increasing levels of food and water insecurity which can adversely impact those who are already economically deprived marginalized in society. Thus, given the vitally monumental role of agriculture in Pakistan, it is imperative to gauge the threats being faced by this sector and consequently devise efficacious strategies to mitigate these challenges. This chapter therefore discusses how to best raise agrarian output while safeguarding the surrounding environment. Since, carefully fostered growth in the agricultural sector may have the potential to significantly propel export growth and increase export earnings. Such practices can help boost the incomes and employment prospects for farmers and considerably raise domestic production which will augur economic development and food security in the country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgricultural production
Subtitle of host publicationManagement, opportunities and challenges
EditorsSarah Waechter
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Chapter4
Pages115-144
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781536137200
ISBN (Print)9781536137194
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameAgricultural issues and policies
PublisherNova Science Publishers

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    Manzoor, R., Maken, A., & Culas, R. (2018). Sustaining agricultural production in Pakistan: Obstacles and prospects. In S. Waechter (Ed.), Agricultural production : Management, opportunities and challenges (pp. 115-144). (Agricultural issues and policies). Nova Science Publishers.