ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The National Assembly was told on Wednesday that the rapid increase in population and limited resources may cause food security threat in the future in Pakistan.
Replying to a question in the National Assembly, the Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Basheer Cheema said that Pakistan is a rapid growing Country with respect to population.
The minister said that by 2030 its population is projected to be nearly 260 million and 380 million by the year 2050.
This growing population threats natural resources of the Country especially land and water resources, he added.
However, he said that in near future, there is no any food insecurity threat in Pakistan.
Tariq Basheer Cheema told that Pakistan has produced bumper crops of sugarcane, rice, maize, potato, onion and moong.
In 2021-22, he told, that Pakistan produced 88.7 million tons of sugarcane, 9.3 million tons of rice, 9.7 million tons of maize, 7.73 million tons of potato, 2,17 million tons of onion and 263.73 thousand tons of moong.
Furthermore, he apprised that the federal government is vigilant in tackling the food security issue through steps including productivity enhancement of major crops, physical and economic access to food, promotion of nutritious and healthy diet, and sustainability and stability.