AGRICULTURE SITUATION OVERVIEW
(3 Sept. 2010)
The scale of losses to the agriculture sector caused by the Pakistan floods is unprecedented and further unfolding.
• Approximately 4 out of 5 people in the flood-affected areas depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
• One of the greatest challenges on the ground is helping farmers to recover their land in time for wheat planting beginning in September/October and to prevent further livestock losses.
• Across the country, millions of people have lost their entire means to sustain themselves in the immediate and longer term, owing to the destruction/damage of standing crops and means of agricultural production (e.g. seed stocks, irrigation, livestock, farmland).
• The latest cumulative estimates are as follows:
- the Agriculture Cluster rapid damage assessments, completed in half of all flood-affected districts, found that 1.3 million hectares of standing crops have been damaged
- countrywide damage to millions of hectares of cultivatable land, including standing crops (e.g. rice,maize, cotton, sugar cane, orchards and vegetables) appears likely
- loss of 0.5-0.6 million tonnes of wheat stock needed for the wheat planting season
- death of 1.2 million large and small animals, and 6 million poultry (Department of Livestock)
• While the full extent of the damage still cannot be quantified and assessments are ongoing, the direct and future losses are likely to affect millions of people at household level, as well as impact national productive capacity for staple crops, such as wheat and rice.
• Response to needs in the agriculture sector cannot be underestimated nor delayed.
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