SUKKUR: Prof Dr Abdul Latif Qureshi Tuesday said that Pakistan could face an acute shortage of water in 2025 due to reduction in per capita water availability. Talking to local farmers and Agriculture Service Providers (ASPs) at a workshop organised by Institute of Water Resources Engineering and Management (IWREM) at US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W), Dr Qureshi informed that with support of government and international agencies, local farmers were being sensitised to adopt modern best irrigation practices like drip, sprinkler, pipe and furrow. He said that use of water has been increased in the daily life for various purposes including domestic, agriculture, industrial and energy and power generation and also for recreational activities. Due to increase of use of water and the rapid growth of population, he said, “Per capita availability of water will be decreased up to 858 in 2025″, while in 1951, per capita availability of water was more than 5,000”. Dr Qureshi told that under funding of World Bank, Sindh has to irrigate 35 thousand acres whereas Punjab has to irrigate 110,000 acres of un-irrigated land through drip irrigation system. He said that not only modern irrigation methods but modern cropping have to be adopted like raised bed planting and zero tillage. Published in Daily Times, December 27th 2017.