RANGPUR, Apr 11: Innovation of the time-befitting and need-based newer ways, technologies, stress tolerant crop varieties and mechanisation of agriculture can keep agri-production increasing amid climate change impacts to ensure food security.
According to concerned officials, experts and scientists, there is no alternative to conducting continuous research to find out innovative ways, strategies and need-based policies to keep food production increasing under changing climate.
Agriculture and Environment Coordinator of RDRS Bangladesh Mamunur Rashid said the adverse impacts of climate change on agriculture, environment, ecology and bio-diversity might be adapted, but cannot be overcome. Innovation of need- based ways, techniques, strategies and adoption of conservation agriculture-based technologies could be effective in enhancing cultivation of stress tolerant crops, especially cereal crops, by popularising those among farmers.
He termed the under-implementation global efforts as still inadequate to improve the deteriorating climatic situation in near future when there is no alternative to keep agro-productions increasing to meet food demand for the growing population.
According to Consultant of International Rice Research Institute in Bangladesh Dr MG Neogi, climate change has already affected agriculture, irrigation, navigation, ecology, bio-diversity, environment and underground water levels.
The farmers have started observing negative impacts of climate change on seed sowing periods, seasonal rainfalls, floods, cyclones, droughts, cold and hot spells, sea and surface warming, water contamination, water and soil salinity and all other sectors. Neogi expressed concern over faster degradation of the situation due to global warming following emission of Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Hydro-flouro- carbons, Per-flouro-carbons, Sulphur Hexa-fluoride and other the Green House Gases.
Associate Director -Agriculture of BRAC International (South Asia & Africa) Dr MA Mazid said the changing climate might reduce agro-production to such a level that would not be enough to feed growing global population to cause severe natural imbalance. ?BSS