A Three-Day International Conference on Climate Change and Traditional Agriculture Pattern in Pakistan: Implications & Solutions organized by the Department of Geography, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in collaboration with Sindh Higher Education Commission, Karachi, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited and Roots for Equity concluded today. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided over the concluding ceremony of the conference. Dr. Waqar Hussain Phulpoto, Director General, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Keerio, Principal, Govt. Agriculture College, Khairpur and Prof. Dr. Ishfaque Ahmed Khan from Turkey were the guests of honor.
While delivering his presidential address, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said that climate change affects agricultural seriously because agriculture depends on specific climate conditions. Temperature changes can cause habitat changes and may cause shift in planting dates in our region. These changes bring droughts and floods. The vice Chancellor further said that the climate change may hinder farming practices. He said the topic is very much important in light of research. It will pave the way for new researchers. Dr. Ibupoto said that we are promoting quality research along with education at University. He remarked that the research papers presented by the scholars are up to the mark and will be very helpful for the policy makers in framing the policies regarding climate change.
Dr. Ibupoto congratulated the organizers of the International Conference on organizing this event in befitting manner.
Dr. Waqar Hussain Phulpoto said that a climate change is a universal fact which has badly affected the agriculture globally. It is process of changes in the frequency and intensity of precipitation, heat waves, and other extreme occurrences which impact on agriculture at large. He said that Climate change is producing numerous hazards and agriculture sector is adversely affected including live stock. He opined that the experts may focus on its mitigation and may devise effective strategies. He suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding may be inked on Climate Change and Traditional Agriculture Pattern and Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur like other Universities.
Dr. Noor Hussain Chandio, Incharge, Department of Geography accorded special thanks to the distinguished guests, research scholars, foreign and national delegates, sponsors and participants of the conference.
At the end, the shields and certificates were distributed among the participants of the conference. The Deans of various Faculties, Heads of Teaching and Administrative Departments, Professors, Teachers, Research Scholars and a large numbers of Students attended the ceremony.
THREE-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE PATTERN IN PAKISTAN: IMPLICATIONS & SOLUTIONS CONTINUED ON SECOND DAY
A Three-Day International Conference on Climate Change and Traditional Agriculture Pattern in Pakistan: Implications & Solutions organized by the Department of Geography, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in collaboration with Sindh Higher Education Commission, Karachi, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited and Roots for Equity continued on second day. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided the session of second day and also interacted with the scholars.
The renowned national and international scholars Dr. Marco Mandela, Professor, Barcelona University, Spain, Dr. Stefano Biagetti, Professor, Barcelona University Spain, Dr. Carolina Jimenez, Dr. Oscar Parque from Germany, Dr. Ishfaque Ahmed from Turkey, Dr. Azra Talat Syed, Dr. Lubna Ghazal, Dr. Noor Hussain Chandio, Dr. Sanaullah Panezai, Mr. Ayaz Latif Sial, Dr. Muhammad Dawood, Dr. Ghani Rehman, Dr. Syed Ali Asad Naqvi, Dr. Liaquat Ali Wassan, Dr. Shakeel Mehmood, Dr. Shujat Ali Malik, Mr. Saddam Hussain, Ms. Fatima Salman Awan, Ms. Aiman Nisar, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Ms. Sidra Noor, Mr. Nabi Bux, Ms. Shehla Bano, Ms. Ayesha Pathan, Dr. Sanaullah Soomro, Mr. Nisar Khand and others presented their research papers.
In their research papers, they highlighted the consequences of climate change on growth and productivity of date palm in the study area. The influence of climate change and land use on soil erosion has been identified as severe threat for human sustainability. They said Pakistan has history of large earthquakes and its various regions are highly seismic risk due to the presence of numerous active faults. The climate change has resulted in the receding of glaciers and inducted the glaciers and Lake Outburst floods. Globally the frequency and magnitude increased due to recent climatic variability. They said that soil erosion is a major environmental problem that is increasing year by year. It requires preventing political, economic and technical actions. They said that rapid urban growth is the component which has scribed to loss of agriculture land. They said that climate change changes the trend of stream flow in the cold regions and it is urgent to quantify its impact on the loss of glacier ice and water resources. They said that the mangroves make highly protective echo system. This echo system provides habitat to various wildlife. It is the need of the time to protect the mangroves fields. They said that the global climate change is a posing serious threat to the world’s agriculture that increased the risk of food security.
The Scholars said that the agriculture is strongly influenced by weather and climate while farmers are often flexible in dealing with the weather. Climate change has directly impact on the agriculture, fertile agriculture. Land is going to converting into barren land slowly and GDP rate of country is not increasing. The climate change has adverse consequences to water scarcity and droughts.
They recommended that the pattern of crops may be changed. The short term crops and new seed varieties may be introduced. The proper use of water is very essential. The loan facilities for agriculture may be granted. The use of energy judiciously, the green energy may be adopted. The Government may take cognitive steps to control on the adverse effects of climate change.
Dr. Noor Hussain Chandio, Incharge Department of Geography briefed the audience about the academic and research activities of the Department.
A large numbers of research scholars and students attended the sessions.
A Three-Day International Conference on Climate Change and Traditional Agriculture Pattern in Pakistan: Implications & Solutions organized by the Department of Geography, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in collaboration with Sindh Higher Education Commission, Karachi, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited and Roots for Equity inaugurated. Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh and Incharge Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Housing Cell, Govt. of Sindh was chief guest on this occasion while, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur presided the inaugural session of the conference. Prof. Dr. Marco Mandela from Spain, Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Mari, Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Prof. Dr. Syed Madad Ali Shah, Vice Chancellor, Benezir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology & Skills Development, Khairpur, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti, Vice Chancellor, The Shaikh Ayaz University, Shikarpur and Dr. Riaz Ahmed, Director General Metrological Department, Islamabad were guests of honor.
Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan said that it is a matter of high pride for me that Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur is organizing this conference on very important theme related with the climate change. I am extremely thankful to Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed for inviting me to grace the conference. He said it is the need of the time to concentrate on quality education, I am happy to know that Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto is striving for uplifting the University in right direction. Mr. Wassan said that in the wake of COVID-19, the agriculture sector was not affected but it got significant position. We must cultivate high yield producing crop on modern lines so that food security could be availed. He said that we are earning the revenue from date product approximately Rs. 55 Million. He stressed the need to adopt the modern techniques in the agriculture sector. He advised students to work hard and respect their teachers for accomplishment of their careers. .
Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto shed light on the significance of the conference and apprised the audience about the academic development and drastic measures taken to maintain transparency, merit and excellence. He said that despite financial crisis, we are disbursing salaries and pensions to the staff timely since we have curtailed the expenditure and covered Rs. 126 Million of deficit with the help of all stakeholders. Dr. Khalil Ibupoto said that The Climate change is a global phenomenon which has adversely affected the world community. It is process of changes in the frequency and intensity of precipitation, heat waves, and other extreme occurrences which impact on agricultural yield. However, compounded climate factors can decrease agriculture productivity, as result; it creates in price increases for many important agricultural crops, commodities and verities. The Vice Chancellor also welcomed the foreign and national delegates and Vice Chancellors who participated in the deliberation.
Prof. Dr. Ishfaque Ahmed from Turkey setout keynote speech on climate change and agriculture in Turkey. He said industrial revolution has increased global warming as result, temperature increased. The glaciers are malting day by day. Sea level rises and also affected on agriculture production. It has also produced negative impact on sustainability and yield. He said Turkey is highly venerable on climate change as far as water availability and food related issues are concerned.
Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Mari, Prof. Dr. Syed Madad Ali Shah, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Raza Bhatti and Dr. Riaz Ahmed also spoke on this occasion. They said that water management, new seed varieties and to mitigate the drought like situations may be controlled. They stressed that the proper use of water resources are very essential. The climate change is not new phenomenon but it has long history since old civilization and it remained part of human history. They said that the date of the record of temperature is also valuable. Climate change is producing multiple hazards and agriculture sector is adversely affected including live stock so the experts may concentrate on its mitigation and device effective strategies.
Prof. Dr. Mumtaz Hussain Mahar, Dean Faculty of Physical Sciences accorded special thanks to the distinguished guests and participants. He said this conference will pave the way to formulate the strategy to cope with the effects of climate change because agriculture sector is lifeline of Pakistan.
Earlier, Dr. Noor Hassan Chandio, Chairman, Department of Geography delivered welcome address. He cordially welcomed the foreign and national delegates, sponsors, distinguished guests and also appreciated the patronage of Vice Chancellor for organizing this international moot.
Mr. Hassan Shaikh and Ms. Paras Niaz Khaskheli conducted the proceedings of the inaugural session.
The Concluding Ceremony of Training Workshop on Peace Building and Social Action Project held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur organized by the Department of Pakistan of Pakistan Studies and Initiators Human Development Foundation Karachi. Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto, Vice Chancellor presided the ceremony and gave away the certificates among the participants.
Talking to the participants of the training workshop, Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto said peace building is very essential. It is the responsibility of youth to promote the essence of peace and tolerance in the society. Dr. Ibupoto appreciated the initiative taken by the Initiators Human Development Foundation Karachi and Department of Pakistan Studies for the capacity building of the students. Dr. Ibupoto remarked that such types of training workshops are strengthening the new ideas and innovations among the youth.
Prof. Dr. Taj Muhammad Lashari, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences commended the efforts of Vice Chancellor for his patronage and support to conduct the training workshop for the awareness, capacity building and for the interaction among the students, academia and master trainers.
Dr. Inayatullah Bhatti, Incharge Department of Pakistan Studies briefed the Vice Chancellor about the activities conducted during the workshop i.e creation of peace network, orientation of students network, two days training session, social action project etc. He said this workshop will be benefited for the students in their career building also.
Dr. Liaquat Ali Chandio, Incharge Director Institute of I.R, Dr. Syed Baqir Shah, Mr. Mureed Hussain Ibupoto, Registrar, Mr. Zohaib Memon, Secretary to Vice Chancellor, Mr. Syed Salman Mukhtar, Project Director, Mr. Hoond Raj, Filed Coordinator, Mr. Adnan Ilyas, Administrative and Finance Officer from Initiators Human Development Foundation Karachi, Mr. Ghulam Raza Shahani, Ms. Bakhtawar Jatoi and others were present.