Govt com­mit­ted to de­velop agri sec­tor of Balochis­tan: min­is­ter

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity and Re­search, Sikan­dar Hayat Khan Bosan said that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had ini­ti­ated sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects in the province of Balochis­tan to up­lift agri­cul­ture sec­tor and raise in­come of farm­ers. He said the gov­ern­ment was aware of the prob­lems of farm­ers in in province and was for­mu­lat­ing pro­grammes and projects to ad­dress their is­sues.

Bosan said this while ad­dress­ing a two-day "Balochis­tan Kisan Mela" which was or­ga­nized by Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with gov­ern­ment of Balochis­tan and Pak­istan Agri­cul­tural Re­search Coun­cil (PARC). The Mela (Fes­ti­val) fea­tured sev­eral other pro­grammes in­clud­ing a con­fer­ence on Agri­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment of Balochis­tan. The min­is­ter also an­nounced that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would pro­vide agri­cul­ture train­ing to 1,000 farm­ers from Balochis­tan at the Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Re­search Cen­ter (NARC), Is­lam­abad. He in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that gov­ern­ment ap­proved the Seed Act and now it was re­spons­bil­ity the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments to im­ple­ment the Act at pro­vin­cial level.

Chief Min­is­ter Balochis­tan, Ab­dul Ma­lik speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion urged the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to help ex­ploit agri­cul­tural re­sources of the province for bet­ter­ment of the farm­ers. He said that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment would ex­tend sup­port for all the projects launched for the de­vel­op­ment of the province.

On the oc­ca­sion, the FAO coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Pa­trick T. Evans said that his or­ga­ni­za­tion was cur­rently im­ple­ment­ing two pro­grammes in 14 dis­tricts of Balochis­tan to help in­crease in­comes of the poor in ru­ral ar­eas through build- ing ca­pac­i­ties of farm­ers to ben­e­fit from in­creased crop and live­stock pro­duc­tion and im­proved mar­ket­ing and or­ga­ni­za­tion.

He said FAO was sup­port­ing the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in the for­mu­lat­ing the Balochis­tan Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy and Strat­egy adding that It would also be pro­vid­ing sup­port for im­ple­men­ta­tion of this pol­icy.

Mean­while, Chair­man PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed in his mes­sage to the par­tic­i­pants of the mela said that his or­ga­ni­za­tion had been work­ing for the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Balochis­tan. He as­sured the par­tic­i­pants that PARC would keep on work­ing and de­vel­op­ing new tech­nolo­gies and crop va­ri­eties to fa­cil­i­tate Balochis­tan's farm­ers.

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