KARACHI: National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) has recommended a comprehensive policy for the use of drone technology in Pakistan`s agriculture sector. Chairing the NA Standing Committee, Chairman MNA Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan said that in different countries, drone technology is being used in the agriculture sector but, unfortunately, the policy is not formed here so far. The department of Plant Protection and the concerned ministry should start the work on the policy for use of drone technology as soon as possible, he told, adding that the proposal submitted to the Ministry of Interior should also be shared with the committee. On which, the meeting was informed that the ministry of interior raised certain security concerns over the issue of drone technology in the agriculture sector.
The committee was told that the ministry of interior has also issued a NOC to the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) for official use of the drones. Later, the Federal Minister for NFS&R, Syed Fakhar Imam joined the meeting through video-link and said that the ministry is mainly responsible for policy formulation, economic coordination and planning in respect of agriculture. On this, the chairman MNA Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan asked why those grounded aircraft were not auctioned so far, directing that the process of auctioning these aircraft should be expedited. Highlighting the achievement of the department, Director-General Department of Plant Protection, Muhammad Tariq Khan said after successful negotiation with GACC.
NPPO – China, a protocol for the export of Onion from Pakistan to China have was signed on 23/11/2021.