Pakistan food security challenges underlined

Pakistan food security challenges underlined

FAISALABAD: Experts at a seminar held in connection with World Food Day have said that heavy migration from rural to urban areas, ever-increasing population, and conversion of agriculture land into residential colonies are posing a threat of food security.

The session was arranged by the Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and was chaired by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Zafar while faculty Dean Dr Masood Sadiq Butt and other notables also spoke on the occasion.

The Vice Chancellor said that rural development, provision of modern facilities at rural areas, and to make agriculture sector a profitable business will help address the issue of heavy migration.

He said that heavy migration from rural areas to cities is not only increasing burden on urban settlements but also causing a negative impact on agriculture sector.

He said that there is a need to create awareness about balanced usage of food. He said that simplicity in the food habits will help improve the situation. He said that junk food has become common in people, which is not good for health.

He said that the threat of food insecurity cannot be mitigated only by a variable increase in the production of food alone, but by efforts to improve access to food sources and to make it affordable to the people.

Dean Faculty of Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences Prof Dr Masood Sadiq Butt said that the UAF has kicked off a BS programme in Human Nutrition and Dietetics to produce the skilled manpower.