Speakers for broad reforms to enhance agri output
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.