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Every drop should responsibly used for the development of the country. World Water Day 2015 celebrated at SAU Tando Jam. 

 

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Hyderabad: 24 March 2015

If we want to be food secure country we have to change our behavior to the Water usage and give priority to the wheat and rice over sugarcane “ Vice chancellor Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam Dr. Memon Mujeeb-ud-din Sehrai said.

He was talking on World Water Day 2015 organized by Sindh Agriculture University and Research and Development Foundation with the collaboration of Oxfam Novib, held  on Tuesday 24 March 2015 at the University. The Vice Chancellor  said that the issue of water conservation was identified by the UN in 1996 and since that year this day is observed with different themes annually to reinforce the message for conservation of water.  He emphasized on the judicial usage of the water to make sure that everyone have access to water for his survival. He said that our behaviors are not water sensitive, which need to be changed as water conservation starts from self and the family. 

Mr. Ashfaq Soomro, Head of Programsat Research and Development Foundation talked over the current crisis of water shortage and drought like situation in arid zones of Sindh where livelihoods of millions of people are deteriorated. The chronic water crisis in Pakistan is a major cause, impeding sustainable development in the country, he said. People are migrating from Tharparker and Sanghar areas of Sindh because of shortage of water, he further informed. Mentioning of the water infrastructure, Mr Soomro said that despite huge investment pumped into infrastructure, the governance part of the equation is remained untouched, which has further aggravated the situation, putting people into risks of food insecurity, disasters and the conflicts over distribution. He emphasized to bring reforms in the water sector for reducing poverty in rural Sindh and conservation of the water based environment.  He requested Sindh Agriculture University to conduct researches on how water efficient technologies can be made low cost and socially acceptable for the majority of the farmers.

Mr. Nazeer Essani, official from the newly established Center of Excellence in Water Resources at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, speaking on the occasion said that water management is a challenge, confronted by  the developing nations. He emphasized on the importance of technologies and system to ensure that water is a right and it is availed by everyone in the country, particularly the small farmer, whose survival is dependent on water. We informed that we are a water stressed country, where water resources are shrinking, thus sustainable use of those resources is essential for the development in the country. Internal controls for water distribution should strongly be implemented to make sure that water resources are responsibly used. He further said that the major sufferer of water shortage is poor farmer because of unequal distribution of the water.  He further added that we need to understand political dynamics of water. Media can play effective role in protecting rights of poorer he said.

Mr Mustafa Ujjan, Director Nara Canal Area Water Board, while talking on the occasion said that pro poor management of water is a need of time. He emphasized on the water budgeting and accounting in the province. He said thatwe are still implementing 1879 Law of the water. He suggested to have strong monitoring mechanisms in the water sector to control water theft and ensure equitable distribution. 

Prof. Ismail Kumbhar, speaking at the occasion, said that Water logging and salinity has affected more than 40% of the total cultivable command area of Sindh. Ground water, the other source of irrigation in arid zones, is also getting a worst picture. Around 78% of area in Sindh province is underlain by saline groundwater, which is unsafe for drinking purposes and not suitable for agriculture.

Dr. Prof. Muhammad Saffar Mirjat, Dean faculty of Engineering Sciences also talked on the occasion. 

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