PBF Chief Lauds Govt’s Agricultural Alteration Plan

Vice President of Pakistan Businesses Forum (PBF) Ahmad Jawad has lauded the effort of the Prime Minister that the government has chalked out a comprehensive agricultural transformation plan “for the very first time in the country’s history.

There is no doubt that the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has been slowly working hard to introduce new and better varieties of various crops especially wheat, rice, maize, cotton, and pulses but unfortunately, they are not provided enough marketing to carry out its activities on the field at the optimum level. The situation calls for major investment in problem-solving research, production technologies, rural infrastructure, capacity building of stakeholders, agriculture-based vocational institutions and incubators, and public-private partnerships to help revitalize the agriculture sector.

China and Pakistan have already arrived at an understanding to enter into meaningful cooperation in agriculture under the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and what we need is proper utilization of the opportunities offered by this understanding. 110 billion over three years and to boost agriculture credit by 80pc to Rs2.7 trillion for almost doubling the grain harvest, increasing fruit and vegetable production five times, and trebling milk output.

Pakistan has fertile land and a vast irrigation system but crop productivity is very low as compared to other agricultural countries mainly because we ignored proper research and development. This is particularly so in the case of Pakistan, the population of which has crossed 210 million and it is projected to grow to over 380 million by the year 2050, surpassing the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, and Russia to become the world’s third-largest country behind India and China.

There is also a plan to import semen for free distribution among farmers to boost livestock productivity, supply subsidized fertilizers, increase the number of crops grown and encourage fruit and vegetable production. The commitment of the Prime Minister to invest heavily in good quality seeds and pesticides, credible research and development and technology transfer is reassuring and one hopes it will be followed by a substantial increase of funds for the purpose.

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