Initiative to be Adaptive

Climate adversities are threatening water and food resources of people in Balochistan. Islamic Relief Pakistan (IRP) under IRUSA funded DRAM (Drought Resilient Agricultural Modeling) and IRUK funded SIRAT (Sustainable Initiative for Resilience and Transformation) projects is engaging communities, think tanks and government departments to search for climate adaptive solutions for water and agricultural challenges. In this backdrop, a milestone of introducing climate adaptive crop and fruit varieties has been achieved with the support of Agriculture Research Institute Balochistan. With hard work and passion to serve communities, scientists of the institute have successfully experimented the water efficient varieties pertaining to onion, pistachio, grapes and olives.

IRP and the Institute, jointly launched these varieties at provincial capital Quetta in the presence of farming communities from Chagai, Naushki and other drought affected areas of the province. Provincial Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bizenjo graced the occasion.

These varieties hold the promise for communities in arid zones of the province to get produce for household needs and market, on considerably less amount of water. Generous and consistent support from the partners is bringing the hope back for farming communities, which were on the verge of abandoning the agriculture and abodes due to protracted droughts.