Agri up­lift vi­tal for poverty eradication glob­ally: Bosan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Min­is­ter for Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity and Re­search, Mr. Sikan­dar Hayat Bosan vis­ited Pu­tra­jaya, Malaysia 10-11 March 2016 to at­tend the 33rd ses­sion of the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence for the Asia and the Pa­cific (APRC).

The APRC meets ev­ery two years to de­lib­er­ate on is­sues per­tain­ing to agri­cul­ture in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

The main fo­cus of the 33rd APRC ses­sion was im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­cently adopted Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs), im­prove­ment of nutri­tion sta­tus in the re­gion and re­vi­tal­iza­tion of small­holder agri­cul­ture by con­nect­ing to value chains.

In his state­ment the Min­is­ter for Food Se­cu­rity un­der­lined the fun­da­men­tal role of agri­cul­ture for im­prove­ment of food se­cu­rity and nutri­tion and poverty eradication glob­ally. The SDGs of­fered the best hope for hu­man­ity. How­ever, it was a com­plex frame­work and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries needed as­sis­tance for its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

He noted that in re­cent times agri­cul­ture in Pak­istan was go­ing through a dif­fi­cult pe­riod par­tic­u­larly due to the drop in prices of agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties. The govern­ment had taken sev­eral mea­sures to pro­vide re­lief to the farm­ers in­clud­ing the re­cently an­nounced pack­age worth Rs. 341 bil­lion. To im­prove nutri­tion in the coun­try, the govern­ment had rolled out the Na­tional Zero Hunger Pro­gramme and was pro­vid­ing sup­port to the poor through the Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gramme. He ap­pre­ci­ated FAO's sup­port for the im­prove­ment of Pak­istan's agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

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