Govt aims to cut agri production cost: Bosan
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that the government was taking steps for reducing cost of agriculture production and improving the marketing mechanism for promotion and improvement of agriculture sector.
After devolution of power, provinces were authorized to resolve the agriculture issues and worked for the promotion of this sector ,he said while addressing all Party Conference on Agricultural Disaster, according to a statement issued by PARC here on Thursday. Highlighting the efforts of government with regard to promotion of agriculture, he said present government has passed seed amendment bill and also approved plant breeder bill.
He said there should be no politics on agriculture. All parties come up and sit together to work to resolve the problems of farmers and for the improvement of this sector as it is backbone for our country's economy, Bosan said. The Minister said the farmers adopt new cropping pattern to increase their production. President PKI presented the charter of demand of farmers of Pakistan. All Kissan Associations, Stakeholders, policy makers, researchers and high government officials participated in the APC.
On this occasion Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said government and opposition sit together to solve the problems of farmers and for long term planning for agriculture development. He said agriculture sector should be given priority.
He said during the government of PPP farmers were accommodated. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan said the government should invest more in agricultural research for future development of this sector.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said kissan problem is not an issue of single party. All parties have to play their role for this important sector. On this occasion the President of PKI, Khalid Mahmood Khokhar fully supported the existence of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) at its present location and its contribution toward national agriculture research system of Pakistan.