Pakistan starts talks about future of agriculture
National Speaker Asad Qaiser expressed sadness over the heavy losses inflicted upon farmers by the recent spell of rain and hailstorm and assured that he would personally request the Prime Minister to compensate the farmers for the losses incurred.
The Speaker also vowed to uplift the small farmers, protect their interest and end their exploitation.
He expressed these views in the meeting of the special committee on agricultural products held under his chairmanship at Parliament House here.
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Provincial agriculture ministers and agriculture departments.
In a comprehensive meeting of the committee, the officials from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the committee about the recently announced National Agriculture Emergency Program.
The officials from provincial agriculture departments briefed the committee about the agriculture policies and institutional frameworks for agriculture development in each province.
The NA Speaker emphatically stressed on a policy shift to make agriculture more competitive, profitable and sustainable.
The Speaker underlined the need to reform the agriculture sector by investing in infrastructure, research, value chains, capacity building and enhanced access to finances and new markets.
The committee appreciated the agricultural entrepreneurship and farmers insurance schemes and urged the officials to scale up such initiatives at the national level. ■