Sindh Agricultural University (UAA) The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fateh Muhammad Marri, said that after the devastation of agriculture and livestock during the recent rains and floods, students pursuing higher education in various universities will suffer severe financial crisis as the Majority of the students and their parents are associated with agriculture and earn their living from livestock.
He said that due to the recent rains the agriculture in Sindh has been badly damaged especially as the cotton crop has been destroyed, in the next cotton season we will not even be able to get seeds of cotton, when we will have to import cotton for our textile industry.
“In a short time, we will have to face various problems, including the lack of certified seeds of wheat, vegetables, oilseeds and other crops, while we will have to give importance to late varieties and crops alternatives,” he added.
Dr. Fateh Marri said experts will have to play a responsible role to lift farmers in Sindh and the country out of economic crisis, and livestock are also facing many problems due to this rain, he said. said university veterinary experts have diagnosed skin, stomach and other various diseases in animals, due to continuous standing in dirty water and drinking rainwater.
He said that due to heavy rains in Sindh, students studying in universities will be the most affected and poor families will not be able to afford school fees for their children because of this, the future of more than a million children are at risk.
He said that we are in contact with various institutions, including federal and provincial governments, and HEC to increase the number of freeships, student loans, Qarz-e-Hasna and scholarships for poor and affected students. He said that an online conference will be held during which experts from the SAU and IBA Karachi will showcase their articles and joint suggestions will be made to solve the problems of flood-affected farmers.
Dean of Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences Dr Syed Ghiyasuddin Shah Rashdi, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Aijaz Ali Khoharo, Dr Bachal Bhutto, Dr Abdul Latif Bhutto, Dr Ahmad Nawaz Tunio and others were also present on this occasion.