Govt to fo­cuse on Balochis­tan de­vel­op­ment, says Bosan

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity and Re­search, Sikan­dar Hayat Khan Bosan has said the govern­ment to fo­cus for the Balochis­tan de­vel­op­ment and farm­ing com­mu­nity on pri­or­ity ba­sis.

Balochis­tan de­vel­op­ment is im­por­tant for Pak­istan and Sci­en­tists would be rec­om­mended for abroad train­ing that per­form bet­ter for de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture sec­tor in Balochis­tan Prov­ince,he said on the oc­ca­sion of 3rd Batch of Skill De­vel­op­ment of the Farm­ers and Sci­en­tist from Balochis­tan at Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Re­search Cen­tre (NARC) Is­lam­abad.

He said the trained farm­ers trans­fer their knowl­edge and skill to other farm­ers of their ar­eas and trained man­pow- er is the key role for the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture,said in state­ment is­sued by PARC here on Sun­day. Ad­dress­ing on the oc­ca­sion,Fed­eral Min­is­ter as­sured the farm­ers that the govern­ment would not al­low any im­port of fruits and veg­eta­bles from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries as long as lo­cal com­modi­ties are avail­able in the mar­ket.

"As long as your fruits and veg­eta­bles are avail­able in the mar­ket, we will not al­low im­port from our neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, he as­sured the farm­ers. He said that in­ter­est of farm­ers was our pri­or­ity.

Bosan said the Iran ap­ple was not now be­ing im­ported through Balochis­tan, rather it come through Turkhum bor­der. High­light­ing the im­por­tance of wa­ter avail­abil­ity the Min­is­ter said that de­vel­op­ment of wa­ter reser­voirs and dams in Balochis­tan was need of the hour,how­ever added, that af­ter 18th amend­ment in the con­sti­tu­tion, the re­sources have been trans­ferred to provinces so they need to take mea­sures to share re­sources with fed­eral to build such fa­cil­i­ties. The Min­is­ter said that fed­eral govt would def­i­nitely as­sist in build­ing of dams, how­ever, it is re­spon­si­bil­ity of provinces to take mea­sures in this di­rec­tion. He said that the provinces had now ad­e­quate funds to build such

fa­cil­i­ties. He said that the bud­get of his min­istry has been re­duced from Rs.32 bil­lion to Rs.1 bil­lion af­ter 18th amend­ment. The Min­is­ter said that mea­sures would be ini­ti­ated to in­stall so­lar tube­wells in the provinces un­der Prime Min­is­ter's scheme to fa­cil­i­tate the farm­ers to over­come wa­ter prob­lem to en­hance pro­duc­tion of agri­cul­ture. Sikan­dar Bosan said there is need of aware­ness of farm­ers about the

pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive im­pact of so­lar tube­wells for avail­abil­ity of the wa­ter be­cause un­nec­es­sary and over use of wa­ter re­sources cause wa­ter prob­lem in some re­gions. He said un­der PM scheme, Govt would pro­vide in­ter­est free loans to farm­ers for in­stal­la­tion of so­lar tube­well for seven years for avail­abil­ity of wa­ter for agri­cul­ture use. The Min­is­ter, while em­pha­siz­ing the need for pro­vid­ing train­ing to farm­ers said that the govern­ment aims to train as many as 1,000 Balochis­tan small farm­ers through the on-go­ing pro­gramme ini­ti­ated by NARC. He said that fur­ther 1000 farm­ers would be pro­vided train­ing through the same progamme in the next phase.

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