Government Focusing on Enhancing Food Production

FAISALABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Food Security and Agriculture Jamshed Iqbal Cheema has said that most of the commodities commonly imported would be available in Pakistan in abundance within a couple of years as the government was focusing on enhancing their domestic production.

Addressing a press conference at the Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (Aari) here on Saturday, he said the government had devised a policy to enhance the production of fruits and vegetables up to 30 percent and wheat up to 80pc.

He said Rs62 billion had been allocated this year to make Pakistan a net food exporting country and this amount would be increased next, while the previous government had allocated Rs1.6bn for this purpose.

He said the government was trying its best to enhance agriculture yield by strengthening linkages between government, researchers, and farmers.

He said he was visiting Faisalabad along with Adviser to the PM on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Husain to have detailed discussions and seek recommendations from the officials of Aari, National Institute for Agriculture and Biology, Postgraduate Agriculture Research Station, National Institute for Biotechnology, and Genetic Engineering and other departments regarding the transformation.

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