Speak­ers for broad re­forms to en­hance agri out­put

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Spe­cial Cor­re­so­pon­dent I S L A M A B A D : Agri­cul­ture ex­perts here on Tues­day stressed the need for mak­ing struc­tural re­forms in pol­i­cy­mak­ing be­sides in­sti­tut­ing a le­gal sys­tem to sup­port the ownership of land to pro­tect the farm­ers and de­velop the agri­cul­ture sec­tor of the coun­try. The event was or­ga­nized by Sus­tain­able Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (SDPI) with an aim to high­light the is­sues faced by the agri­cul­ture sec­tor and share the ex­pert opin­ion to ad­dress these chal­lenges. De­liv­er­ing a spe­cial lec­ture on "Pak­istan's wheat econ­omy and food se­cu­rity: a re­view of var­i­ous pol­icy re­spec­tive," Pro­fes­sor Asif Saeed Khan urged the need for es­tab­lish­ing ef­fi­cient govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions for the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture sec­tor of the coun­try. He said that cur­rent poli­cies were mainly cov­er­ing the ur­ban­ize pop­u­la­tion and urged the need for for­mu­lat­ing farm­ers cen­tered poli­cies for the sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of farm­ing com­mu­nity liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas of the coun­try. He also asked for find­ing more av­enues and de­creas­ing the de­pen­dance on wheat as a sta­ple food and in­tro­duc­ing other grain as food in­clud­ing maize and rice as food to ad­dress the food se­cu­rity is­sues. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Vice Chan­cel­lor Agri­cul­ture Univer­sity of Faisal­abad, Pro­fes­sor Dr. Iqrar Ah­mad asked for con­vey­ing the ben­e­fits of poli­cies to small farm­ers. He also asked for safe­guard­ing the farm­ers from ex­ploita­tion of mid­dle­man and giv­ing them proper rate of re­turn for their pro­duces for growth and de­vel­op­ment of agri­sec­tor. Se­nior An­a­lyst, Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Dr. Kr­ishna Pe­hari said that de­spite sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in agri-pro­duc­tion in­clud­ing rice, maize and wheat coun­try was fac­ing food se­cu­rity is­sues. He said that FAO in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­istry of Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity has ini­ti­ated var­i­ous projects to sup­ple­ment the govern­ment's ef­forts to re­duce food se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the coun­try. He said that Zero Hunger Pro­gramme and Scal­ing up nu­tri­tion Pro­grammes were started to help the male nu­tri­ent pop­u­la­tion by prov­ing them suf­fi­cient food for them.

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