President calls for adopting modern farming techniques to boost agri production

Pakistan is becoming a geo-economic hub for the countries of Central Asia, China, Turkey and Europe as the world can trade with China and Central Asian Republics through Pakistan.

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LAHORE: President Dr. Arif Alvi on Saturday called for adopting modern farming techniques to increase agricultural productivity in order to meet the country’s food requirements. He said this during a meeting with a delegation of farmers at Governor’s House. He underlined the need to promote the latest technological and IT tools to ensure the availability of agricultural inputs to farmers and reduce the cost of production. Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam, Punjab Food Minister Hamid Yar Hiraj, and agriculturalists from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh attended the meeting. Farmers apprised the President about the issues related to input costs, subsidies, and support prices of different crops. President Alvi said that the government was focusing on the uplift of farmers as the prosperity of the agriculture sector was directly linked with the socio-economic development of the country. Incentives had been offered to support farmers which had given a major boost to agricultural yields of major crops last year, he added.

The President stressed the need to ensure the provision of agricultural inputs, such as fertilizers and machinery, at affordable rates for the sake of the wellbeing of farmers. He also underscored the need to facilitate and support the farmers in exporting surplus crops, particularly potatoes, to earn foreign exchange. The President assured the farmers of his support to help address their problems. During the meeting, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam said that the government was focusing on the development of the agriculture sector and last year 4 out of 5 major crops showed record growth. He said that the government would address all the grassroots-level issues faced by farmers. The participants appreciated the measures taken by the government for the support and uplift of farmers. Addressing the First Pakistan Engineering and Healthcare Show 2022 organized by the Ministry of Commerce and Trade Development Authority Pakistan at the Governor’s House here on Saturday, President said that the government had taken several steps for the improvement of international trade, ease of doing business and promotion of tourism in the country.

He said that Pakistan was becoming a geo-economic hub for the countries of Central Asia, China, Turkey and Europe as the world can trade with China and Central Asian Republics through Pakistan. He said that during his visit to Uzbekistan and other Central Asian Countries he observed that the leaders of these countries were eager to enhance trade with Pakistan, adding that the old Silk route in the region had great importance for trade as it connected the world to China and Central Asia. Dr Alvi said that Pakistan was producing high-quality products in various sectors such as surgical and sports, adding that unfortunately some countries re-brand Pakistani products and sell these to other countries. “We have lot to offer from our country to both Africa and Central Asian Republics,” he said.

President Alvi highlighted that the successful handling of COVID-19 was one of the many examples of the efficiency of thepeople of the country. The president assured the visiting delegates that the government had made business easy and invited international entrepreneurs to come and initiate businesses. Pakistani people are known for good hospitality, he said and urged the foreign delegates to extend their stay here to visit “beautiful Pakistan”.

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