Pakistan: “Home Kitchen gardening to crush hunger”.
Pakistan: “Home Kitchen gardening to crush hunger”. Like the rest of the world Pakistan is also hit by severe inflation and resulting food shortage. Price of all food commodities has triple during past few years. One third of Pakistan population is below poverty line and more and more people are falling into poverty trap. Four to five people in the Pakistan commit suicide every day and a large number of these cases can be attributed to the victims’ inability to make ends meet. Unable to feed the family’s, many poor people are turning to petty crimes and begging. Some People are been forced to divert their children’s school fees to buy food, as they do not have much choice. This means an end of their dreams of giving their children a brighter future. It is a pity that this misfortune should befall in country like Pakistan where Agriculture contributes about 24 percent of the gross domestic product. A major part of the economy depends on farming through production, processing and distribution of major agricultural commodities. At one point Pakistan was self-sufficient in wheat cultivation, but since past 2 years the country has unable to meet demand and grain has to be imported. With the price of wheat and other grains rising on the international market it is increasingly difficult to isolate the price of local grain and de-link it with international market. Globalization has created more difficulties for developing countries; being financially weak they are not in a position to compete with the powerful forces that control the world markets. Disadvantaged by poor governance and the corruption of the rich and the powerful, the people of these countries have emerged as the worst victims of the world economic crisis. There has been many aborted attempt in past, by the government and other non profit organization to launch a program encouraging a kitchen garden in every home but due to lack of follow up and support most of these program’s ran out of steam after been launched with much pomp and show. There is great need now to restart an awareness program of home kitchen gardening. Encouraging everyone to acquire self-sufficiency in food by growing their own vegetables in their backyards. There is need of training programme that should be conducted in every School, Colleges and universities .As result children would start taking interest in kitchen gardening at very early stage, and this interest would surely continue through out their life in one form or other. Home kitchen gardening should be initiated on urgent bases by big world organization like world food program especially in under developed countries. A plan should be worked out to get not only women but men and children to grow vegetables at home, schools colleges universities and where ever possible. Food is so costly now that ideas of home kitchen gardening in all form, stands a better chance of success, now, than ever before. Share Twitter Facebook
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