Climate Change and Water Scarcity Nexus: Response and Coping Behaviour of Quetta Agriculture

Authors : Sadia Afzal; Abid Hussainy; Syed Agha Bashir

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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The agriculture sector in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan, faces significant challenges and opportunities for development. The sustainable and efficient use of three critical resources plays a vital role in the agricultural growth of the region. The district exhibits a diverse agro-ecological landscape, allowing for the cultivation of various crops. Quetta has 2 kareezs and 2 springs that are utilized for irrigation purposes. These traditional water sources irrigate a combined area of 167 hectares. Fruit production plays a vital role in District Quetta, with 48.7% of the irrigated area dedicated to fruit production. Implementing sustainable agricultural practices, including appropriate land management techniques and precision application of fertilizers, can also help minimize soil erosion and the associated environmental problems. The agriculture industry in Quetta's reactions and coping mechanisms to the negative consequences of water shortage brought on by climate change are the subject of this quantitative study. Positive correlations were found between particular crops and irrigation sources, with wells and tube wells playing critical roles. This study provides light on the measures used to mitigate the impact of decreased water supply by analysing data gathered from local farmers and agricultural stakeholders. Policymakers and practitioners looking to strengthen the resiliency of agriculture in water-scarce locations can benefit greatly from the findings.

Keywords : Climate Change; Quetta; Coping Behavior; Water Scarcity


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