Friday, 27 January, 2023
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Combat climate change impacts on agriculture

Combat climate change impacts on agriculture

The country is experiencing erratic weather patterns due to climate change. It is directly responsible for extreme cold in this ongoing winter. Cold spell is a new addition to the list of the country’s regular natural disasters, thanks to the adverse impact of climate change. Its impact is as notorious as other regular natural calamities. Among other adversities, farmers fear major crop damage from this natural calamity. In reality, this will not be a pleasant experience for them as well as for the entire nation as it will adversely affect our food security and nutrition status directly. But farmers need to meet the rising demand for more food for the country’s increasing population. Agricultural lands are declining fast for urbanisation and other development activities.

However, the agro-scientists of BARI came to our rescue by innovating HYV rice which successfully met the demands of additional population. Although the country has made great strides in agriculture, providing food to its ever-growing population remains a major challenge. Crop production needs to be increased by three to four folds to cope with the ever-changing situation. So, we shall have to go much further. It necessitates a radical change in crop culture. Instead of conventional farming, farmers should switch over to ultra-modern farming system. They have no alternative, but to go for GM farming. Foods produced by adopting this special technique are likely to become a crucial tool in feeding the growing population of the country that experiences harsh climates.

Farmers want to increase production of their crop yields. But pests pose as a major threat to achieve their goal. The conventional pest control measures proved to be inadequate enough. Hence, the GM farming method will be the most effective measure to combat the menace of harmful pests. By adopting the latest technique, pests will not only be controlled but also be prevented from attacking crops. Through the use of this method, the peasants can reduce their cost of farming too. Moreover, adaptation measures are essential to sustain agricultural output. Our agro-scientists have already developed climate resilient crops, but continuous research needs to be conducted for overcoming the food security issues.