Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi has said to further reduce the effects of toxins on rice crops, Farmer’s Day at the village level should be organized.
The minister has expressed these views while addressing a seminar organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To create awareness among the farmers about the pre-harvest interval spray-on paddy, Lahore Chamber of Commerce, Pesticides Industry, in association with Punjab Agriculture Department, should organize Farmer’s Day at the village level, he said, adding Pakistan is the fourth largest rice-producing country in the world. During the financial year 2020-21, 4.19 million tons of rice were exported, which has generated 2.04 billion dollars in foreign exchange, the minister said. Among these projects, National Programme for enhancing rice production is also ongoing with Rs6.32 billion.
Under this program, training programs organized by Rice Research Institute Kala Shah Kaku to guide farmers to reduce indiscriminate spraying of pesticides on paddy crop, he said. Apart from this, for inspection of paddy cultivators, samples of the paddy crop are taken through a laboratory set up at a cost of Rs61 million in this institute, and the pesticides are tested on it, the minister said and added that this laboratory can be helpful for Rice Exporters Association and other stakeholders in testing the paddy samples.