ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2022 ) :Chairman Pakistan Hi Tech Hybrid Seed Association Shahzad Ali Malik Thursday stressed the need of using hi tech hybrid seeds in all crops for bumper production to avert looming food insecurity in the wake of Russia-Ukraine war.
Chairing an executive committee meeting here today he said that Pakistan is an agricultural state and agriculture is the backbone of our economy. "In the given alarming situation and challenges of global inflation, we must transform our agriculture sector on modern scientific lines to meet ever increasing food staple needs of over growing population by fully ensuring bumper crops," he said.
He said Russia's invasion of Ukraine left few agricultural markets untouched and had threatened food security for millions in and outside the Black Sea region.
He noted with great concern that the war had curtailed food exports from Ukraine and Russia, particularly wheat, maize, and sunflower oil, increasing the prices of these commodities; driven up demand for substitute products, including alternative cooking oils; and reduced exports of fertilizer from the Black Sea.
He said the high cost of energy had increased the food and fertilizer prices.
He said initially twenty countries had imposed food-export bans in attempt to limit the impact of high food prices on domestic populations, while further reducing supplies on global markets.
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