Pakistan: Heavy rains decimate plantations

In the southern part of Pakistan, the disaster wrought by climate change has caused widespread damage to onion crops in Sindh. Some 1.5 million houses have been damaged in Sindh after the spell of heavy rainfall. In addition, flooding has completely damaged the agricultural output.

Sindh not only produces onion for the domestic market but the majority of onion exports are from Sindh,” said Pakistan Businesses Forum Sindh Chapter Chairman, Mir Murad Ali Talpur. “Now a concerted and well-coordinated effort is required to deal with this climate emergency that our country faces. The rural economy has collapsed in the recent floods once again. Pakistan has faced this challenging situation before and the result was inflation for industries using onion and cotton,” noted Arif Habib Commodities CEO Ahsan Mehanti.

“Millions of acres of crops have been destroyed in Sindh,” said Taurus Securities Head of Research Mustafa Mustansir. He added that because of the floods, the country can likely face food shortages. Millions of farmers and laborers in Sindh have been pushed into poverty by the rains, but the government has not announced any assistance so far.


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