| GEO Business|
Half of Sindh flood-affected land turns uncultivable
| Updated at: 1204 PST, Wednesday, September 08, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: At least 50 percent swathes of flood-affected land in sindh cannot be used for cultivation for upcoming rabi crops, Geo News reported Wednesday.
Addressing a news briefing here, Qaiser Bengali, adviser to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah warned a food crisis ahead, if necessary commodities were imported.
The forthcoming season in Sindh will witness the impact on wheat, tomato, pulses, vegetables and poultry produce, only to lead to the food crisis in the country, Bengali cautioned.
The Sindh CM’s adviser stressed that at least 50 percent of land in Sindh districts including Kashmore, Shikarpur, Jakobabad, Shahdakot, Dadu, Larkana and Thatta would not be usable until after April 2011.
Dr Qaiser Bengali said the floods struck the country only thanks to dams and barrages, as they narrowed the watercourses.
The adviser said Council of Common Interests (CCI) gave thought to leveling new taxes and dwindling the development and non-development expenditures.
The CCI meeting decided that province will issue the amount of money at par with the federal government, he informed.
Qaiser Bengali said at least 5 to 6 lakhs of people will have to live at camps for next four months, as their lands will remain water-locked in this meantime.