ISLAMABAD – The business Community has urged the government to take concrete measures to bring down the cost of agriculture production, besides prioritizing the agri sector in its economic plan, and ensuring food security through enhanced per acre yield. In this regard Ministry of National Food and Security should talk with China to extend its achievements to the iron-brother Pakistan in the field of nanotechnology to promote high-yield agriculture. As the results of nanotechnology for High-yield Agriculture projects will not only benefit Pakistani farmers, but also open a new way for China agricultural science and technology to reach the world. He maintained that lack of investment in agriculture research, climate change, poor governance and bad planning in the past has resulted in the shortage of wheat, sugar and cotton in the country.
Jawad noted that the country was producing 26. 7 million tons of wheat on 9. 2 million hectors a few years ago. Similarly, cotton production area shrank to 2.
5 million hectors in Pakistan, with yield at 618kg per hector. In comparison, India was producing 29. 4 million cotton bales, and China 27. 5 million bales and sugarcane production was recorded at 75.
5 million tones on 1. 2 million hectors last. “Keeping the above in mind, the government must reduce the cost of production through direct support to farmers in purchase of machinery, fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs, while infrastructure should also be developed to ensure farm-to-market access. Besides, the government should formulate sustainable agriculture policy to ensure food security in the country,” he added.