By now, our agriculturists should have become experts in enhancing yield and curbing crop diseases in time so that the target of maximum productivity can be achieved. The availability of water is another important factor that should be addressed by building dams and tube-wells.
To encourage farmers, they must be provided with cheap electricity and fertilisers and high-quality seeds at affordable rates. The agriculture minister is requested to depute experts in each district of the country so that farmers’ complaints can be addressed. We can only meet international standards if our crop yield/output is compatible with the yield of other countries. Our major crops – rice, cotton, sugarcane and wheat – should be accorded special attention till the harvesting stage. This is the only way to become self-sufficient.
Engr R Riaz Akbar,