Focusing the agriculture
Edustry CONOMY of every state depends on three sectors i.e agriculture, in
and commerce. These three are interrelated with each other as progress or retrogress of one sector effects the other two. Our being an agrarian economy, the agriculture gains are of much importance than any other sector as it not only feeds the people but also provides raw material for industry and is a base for foreign trade.
About sixty to seventy percent of our population is directly or indirectly linked with the agriculture sector yet it is most deplorable that successive governments did not go beyond mere lip service for the development of this vital sector of the economy. If we look across our border, the agriculture sector in the Indian Punjab is completely mechanised and is highly subsidised. Agri inputs such as seeds and fertilisers are provided to farmers at very low rates, which helped India significantly enhance its agri yield. Our land in Punjab was also once known for its fertility but with the passage of time this characteristic eroded due to shifting of focus towards industry. Moreover unplanned land grabbing by influential land mafias everywhere in the country also brought havoc to agriculture and environment. To ensure self-sufficiency in food grains, it is necessary that federal and provincial governments give serious consideration to enhanced productivity in agri sector to help reduce poverty and stimulate growth. Better incentives to our hard working farmers such as provision of subsidised seeds and decreasing the input cost will ensure better food security. We are glad that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while realising the importance of agriculture sector has announced a package of Rs 100b for farmers. Being a doer, we are sure that he will not only implement the package in letter and in spirit but also take other requisite steps to fully revive this neglected sector.
THE Raymond Davis affair (remember?), with all its ramifications, is well on its way to becoming the stuff of legend. So much had been written – and spoken – on the subject that it required all one’s will power to keep one’s mouth shut. One can hardly resist the temptation, though, to mention that this affair had a lot to do with the age-old coarse art of treading on toes. Who is treading on whose toes and with what results only time will tell. For the moment though it would be expedient to take time out, look back, and devote one’s undivided attention to the ‘coarse art’ in question.
There was a time (pre-pre nine/ eleven?) when the high and mighty of this blessed land took delight in this pastime. This was particularly true of those who delighted in dabbling in the art of ‘diplomacy’ or whatever it was known as in those days of somewhat loose habits. Of course those good old times are no more. One lives and learns. There are several little lessons that come one’s way, if only one pays a bit of attention.
One wonders if the reader has noticed that any sane individual spends half of his/her life in either avoiding treading on other persons’ toes or, alternatively, in saving his/ her own toes from being trod on.