The government is focusing on the development of the agricultural sector: Prime Minister Imran Khan


Prime Minister Imran Khan is addressing the launch of Kisan Portal. Photo courtesy of Radio Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that the government was focusing on agricultural research, especially seed development, to increase crop production.

Speaking on the occasion of inauguration of Kisan Portal on Pakistan Citizen Portal, the Prime Minister said that his vision for the development of agriculture sector was focused on improving the lives of small farmers and resolving their grievances on priority basis.

Imran Khan assured the farmers that the government would stand by them, as he believed that serving the farming community was in fact serving Pakistan.

He said that the production of dairy sector in the developed world is six times higher than that of Pakistan and called for development to increase the production in this sector.

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of water conservation to ensure ample supply to farmers for irrigation purposes. He said the construction of 10 major dams was an unprecedented step by his government.

He said that work was underway on several projects aimed at meeting the water needs of the country, common man and farmers.

Highlighting the importance of the farmers’ card, he said it would help small farmers financially if their produce was damaged by natural disasters.

Meanwhile, addressing the issues of devaluation of the currency, the Prime Minister said that the pressure on the Pakistani rupee was temporary and would “soon end”.

He said that the price of palm oil in the international market has almost doubled and this has had a negative impact on the rate in Pakistan.

Similarly, Pakistan had to import wheat, sugar and pulses.

The Prime Minister reiterated that with the government’s efforts, the country would revolutionize soybean, olive oil and avocado production.

Elaborating on the government’s future plans, he said training programs for farmers were useful to guide them on better farming techniques with the help of China.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan has been endowed with natural resources, if used properly through scientific means, the agricultural sector can be accelerated.

Endorsing Imran Khan’s views, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Food Security Jamshed Iqbal Cheema said that under the government initiative, farmers would get subsidy on purchase of seeds, fertilizers and agricultural machinery.

He said that the government was focusing on rural development along with the development of farmers and giving them better support price for their produce.

Cheema said the budget for the agricultural sector has been doubled at the federal and provincial levels.

He said that never in the history of Pakistan has the government provided such facilities to the farmers.

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