ISLAMABAD: Finance minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar has urged
the Pakistan agriculture farmers to enhance crop yield and farm productivity
through mechanization and by adopting best practices, Business92 reported Saturday.
A four-member delegation of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad led by Khalid
Mahmood Khokhar called on Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar. Sikandar Hayat
Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security. Secretary to the Prime Minister
Fawad Hasan Fawad was also present at the meeting.
The minister also said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wanted welfare
of Pakistan agriculture community, by adding further the government had taken historical
steps in agriculture sector including Prime Minister’s Kissan Package 2015 and
unprecedented measures during the National Budget this year.
He also assured the delegation that the government was cognizant of difficulties of
the agricultural sector in the context of decrease in global commodity prices.
Moreover, he further stressed upon the delegation for enhancing crop yield and farm
productivity through mechanization and adoption of best practices. The minister
invited the delegation to engage in a sustained policy dialogue with the government for designing future interventions in the agriculture sector.
He also said the government was determined to create a facilitating and supportive
environment for farmers. The minister also assured the delegation that further
improvement in research and development for enhancing agriculture output in the
country was being undertaken.
Furthermore, the minister also appreciated the valuable role played by Minister for National
Food Security on facilitating the farming community and reiterated government’s
support for the agriculture sector.
Chairman Pakistan Kissan Ittehad’s View
Chairman Pakistan Kissan Ittehad also appreciated the commitment of the
government and the steps taken so far for agriculture sector. He highlighted
the challenges faced by the agriculture sector and sought support of the federal
government for protecting the interests of the farming community.
Secretary National Food Security, Secretary Industries and senior officials of
the Ministry of Finance also attended the meeting.