Salt-tolerant plants may help Pakistan reclaim ruined farms

AlertNet: Fatima Bibi, 36, looks back at the time when she was an affluent farmer. "I along with my husband and two daughters used to grow rice, sunflower and vegetables. ... We would earn a hefty amount at the time of harvest,' she says. But those days are gone. Bibi now earns her living selling biscuits from a stall at a bus stop in Badin, a town 200 km (125 miles) east of Karachi. Her lifestyle was turned upside down when her 6 hectares (14 acres) of fertile land became saline, leading to a sharp......

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