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Effects of Flood-2010 on Agricultural Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: A Case of District Charsadda

Effects of Flood-2010 on Agricultural Sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: A Case of District Charsadda

Shahid Iqbal1*, Amir Nawaz Khan2, Mushtaq Ahmad Jadoon3 and Intikhab Alam3 

1Centre for Disaster preparedness and Management, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 2Faculty of life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 3Department of Rural Sociology, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

siqbal@uop.edu.pk  

ABSTRACT

The present study probes the effects of floods-2010 on agriculture sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Data for the study were collected through a pretested interview schedule from 364 respondents belonging to 5 randomly selected villages of District Charsadda. The study findings reveal a significant difference in the area under wheat, maize and vegetables after the flood. At the same time, the area under sugarcane and fodder had also decreased to some extent. Similarly, the use of chemical fertilizers and farm yard manure was also decreased due to decrease in the income of the households after the floods-2010 while an increase, though non-significant, was reported with respect to use of agricultural chemicals. The floods-2010 has also had adverse effects on crops production where significant decrease has occurred in wheat, sugarcane and maize production. The most important effect was that vegetables growing were stopped after the floods-2010. The study recommends to address the issues through the involvement of both the agricultural extension and research with major emphasis on cash and off-seasoned crops after resolving land demarcation issue and revival of water channels along with introduction of micro credit schemes. 

 

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Sarhad Journal of Agriculture

March

Vol. 34, Iss. 1, Pages 1-224

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