Govt aims to boost agri sec­tor: CM Shah­baz

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS - Staff Reporter

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Shah­baz Sharif has said that govern­ment is fully aware of the dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing faced by agri­cul­ture sec­tor. He said that all out mea­sures will be taken to pro­tect farm­ers and cul­ti­va­tors from the prob­lems due to re­ces­sion at in­ter­na­tional level in agri sec­tor. He said that an agri con­fer­ence is be­ing ar­ranged in the pro­vin­cial me­trop­o­lis dur­ing cur­rent month for seek­ing pro­pos­als for re­solv­ing the prob­lems be­ing con­fronted by farm­ers and agri­cul­ture sec­tor. He said that all stake­hold­ers will be in­vited to the con­fer­ence in which solid and mean­ing­ful mea­sures will be fi­nal­ized with the con­sul­ta­tion of cul­ti­va­tors, ex­perts and other stake­hold­ers.

He was ad­dress­ing a high level meet­ing, here to­day. The Chief Min­is­ter said that the fu­ture of Pak­istan's econ­omy is linked with agri­cul­ture sec­tor and all out re­sources will be made avail­able for the sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture sec­tor. He said that govern­ment has taken a num­ber of steps for the wel­fare and progress of ru­ral pop­u­la­tion. He said that land record of 55 lakh landown­ers in 23 thou­sand vil­lages has been com­put­er­ized un­der Land Record Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem. She­hbaz Sharif said that high qual­ity roads are be­ing con­structed in ru­ral ar­eas for easy ac­cess from farms to mar­ket and three thou­sand kilo­me­ters long roads have al­ready been con­structed. Sim­i­larly, he said, re­con­struc­tion of six bar­rages and dif­fer­ent canals is be­ing un­der­taken with a huge sum for the pro­mo­tion of agri­cul­ture and ir­ri­ga­tion sec­tors.

The Chief Min­is­ter fur­ther said that un­der Prime Min­is­ter's Kis­san Pack­age, re­lief pack­age of bil­lions of ru­pees has been given to cul­ti­va­tors. He said thou­sands of cows, buf­faloes, sheep and goats have been dis­trib­uted free of cost among ru­ral women for the pur­pose of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

Mean­while, Bri­tish Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID) head in Pak­istan Ms. Joanna Reid called on Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif, here to­day. The on­go­ing pro­grams in Pun­jab with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of DFID in education, health and skills de­vel­op­ment sec­tors were dis­cussed in the meet­ing. DFID head Ms. Joanna Reid ap­pre­ci­ated the per­for­mance of Chief Min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif with re­gard to re­forms and sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment in education, health and skills de­vel­op­ment sec­tors in Pun­jab and said that a lot of work is be­ing car­ried out in th­ese sec­tors un­der the lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif. She said that she is happy to see proper use of Bri­tish tax­pay­ers' money in Pun­jab and credit for this goes to the de­ter­mined lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif and his tal­ented team.

The Chief Min­is­ter while speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, said that Pak­istan and Bri­tain are strong part­ners in the process of progress and pros­per­ity and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Pun­jab govern­ment and DFID is in­creas­ing in dif­fer­ent sec­tors. He said that pol­icy of trans­parency and stan­dard is be­ing im­ple­mented at ev­ery level in Pun­jab and the pro­vin­cial govern­ment is en­sur­ing proper use of ev­ery penny. DFID rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Pun­jab, Ben French was also present on the oc­ca­sion.

A del­e­ga­tion of Turk in­vestors met Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif here to­day and ex­pressed in­ter­est in set­ting up an en­ergy pro­ject based on re­new­able sources in the prov­ince. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, the Chief Min­is­ter said that be­sides tra­di­tional meth­ods of gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity, Pun­jab govern­ment is also set­ting up projects of power pro­duc­tion through re­new­able sources.

He said that Quaid-e-Azam So­lar Park has been set up in Ba­hawalpur in south Pun­jab while work is be­ing car­ried out ex­pe­di­tiously on the set­ting up of gas-based power plants in the prov­ince. She­hbaz Sharif said that fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing pro­vided to the in­vestors in en­ergy sec­tor on pri­or­ity ba­sis and all out in­cen­tives will also be given to Turk in­vestors.

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