Govt tak­ing steps to max­i­mize farm­ers’ wel­fare

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Na­tional As­sem­bly Deputy Speaker Mur­taza Javed Ab­basi Tues­day said the govern­ment was tak­ing var­i­ous mea­sures to max­i­mize wel­fare of the farm­ers. Pak­istan's econ­omy was based on agri­cul­ture as ma­jor chunk of its pop­u­la­tion di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­lied on agro­nomics, he said dur­ing a briefing on ' new agri­cul­ture meth­ods' by del­e­gates from the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion to mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment here at Par­lia­ment House, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The Deputy Speaker said agri­cul­ture sec­tor in the coun­try had been fac­ing con­straints re­lated to soil man­age­ment, ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems, cli­matic con­di­tions and salin­ity of sur­face and ground­wa­ter. He ap­pre­ci­ated the Aus­tralian govern­ment's tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion and as­sis­tance in ad­vanc­ing agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment in Pak­istan.

He said that Aus­tralia and Pak­istan could share use­ful in­sights to counter the com­mon chal­lenges re­lated to agri­cul­ture sec­tor, in­clud­ing in­ef­fi­ciency in wa­ter use and low eco­nomic re­turns to the com­mu­nity and the coun­try from ir­ri­ga­tion in­vest­ments. The vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion was led by Deputy High Com­mis­sioner Jurek Juszczyk. Dr Evan Chris­ten, Pro­ject Man­ager, Aus­tralian Cen­tre for In­ter­na­tional Agri­cul­ture Re­seatch ( ACIAR) briefed the par­lia­men­tar­i­ans about Aus­tralia's con­tin­u­ous as­sis­tance in agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Pak­istan ini­ti­ated in 1980s. He said that re­cently Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor Link­ages Pro­gram (2005-2015) has been com­pleted in Pak­istan with the co­or­di­na­tion of ex­perts and re­search agen­cies from both the coun­tries.

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