‘Forest cover reduced to 2%’

Published: October 5, 2011

The forest cover in Pakistan has reduced to two per cent against the international standard of 25 per cent.

FAISALABAD: The forest cover in Pakistan has reduced to two per cent against the international standard of 25 per cent, speakers at a workshop said here on Tuesday.

Addressing the workshop titled “Mass Communication Skills in Agriculture” organised by University of Agriculture (UAF) in collaboration with Cereal System Initiative South Asia (CSISA), speakers said Pakistan’s forest cover was six per cent in 1947.

Speaking on the occasion, UAF Faculty of Agriculture Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ashfaq said a plant called moringa should be promoted, as it had seven times more vitamin C than orange, four times more vitamin A than carrot and four times more calcium than milk.

He said using moringa as fodder could increase the production of milk by 43 per cent.

CSISA Country Coordinator Muhammad Aqil Khan called for adopting modern technologies to fulfil the increased demand of agricultural products globally.

He said more agricultural products were needed because three babies were born every second. “On the other hand, agricultural land is decreasing at a rate of one hectare per minute,” he said.

He said scientists were responsible for increasing the per-acre output to meet new challenges.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Khalid Ahmed
    Oct 5, 2011 - 11:19AM

    Just for comparison, the forest cover in India and China is 22%.

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  • khalis
    Oct 5, 2011 - 9:08PM

    this is insane.
    no development still forest cover lost. how and why?

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  • Khalid Ahmed
    Oct 6, 2011 - 12:03AM

    @khalis

    Pakistan is an arid country to begin with. On top of this there is rampant timber mafia which has been operating unchecked.

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  • khalis
    Oct 6, 2011 - 1:01AM

    @khalid. now dont go on saying pakistan didnt had any forest 20-30 years back. baluch lost 95% of the forest. frontiers were known for natural beauty and forests. all gone.

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