Talking to media persons here at Agriculture Institute Tarnab before getting briefing on the Prime Minister’s National Agriculture Emergency Programme and progress on Agriculture Transformation Plan, the minister said that China had made rapid progress because of the use of modern technology and Pakistan had the potential to achieve new heights of economic development and achieve autarky in food by using latest techniques, innovations, mechanization and modern technology especially in agriculture and livestock sectors to earn maximum capital.
The minister said agriculture was backbone of the country’s economy and the government was making efforts to make modern agriculture technology part of the existing educational curriculum to broaden knowledge of students and get maximum agriculture, livestock and fisheries production.
Later during presentation given by KP Secretary Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Dr Muhammad Israr about agriculture projects, the minister underlined the need for paying special focus on manufacturing, standardization and mechanization to increase agriculture productivity.
He said that 11 mega projects in agriculture, livestock and fisheries worth Rs 44,672.654 million had been launched in KP under the Prime Minister’s National Agriculture Program that would bring green revolution in the province upon completion.
Secretary Agriculture, Dr Muhammad Israr briefed the minister about performance of the agriculture department including agriculture transformation plan, Kisan Cards, upgradation of research institutes of Tarnab Peshawar and Mingora Swat, tele-farming and digital services, establishment of seed industries, genetic improvement of cattle and introduction of 9211 services.