Govt’s policy framework helped achieve record crops output: minister
ISLAMABAD: The agriculture development policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan have started to reap fruits, as the production of several crops, including wheat, rice, sugarcane, potatoes and onion have surpassed all previous records, whereas the export of mangoes also increased 20 per cent, a government official said.
Addressing a seminar, organised by the Mandi Bahauddin Chamber of Commerce, Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam said that Prime Minister Khan has put special emphasis on agriculture, as it is the backbone of the national economy and a source of livelihood of the majority of population living in the rural areas of the country.
Due to the efficient policy framework implemented by the present government, Pakistan has seen a record growth of top six crops, including wheat, which was registered at 27.5 million tonnes during the last season,; he said.
The wheat import has been due to excessive hoarding and continuous population growth, the minister said, adding that the only way Pakistan can emerge as a regional power is through following the progress path of countries such as China, Japan and Germany.
Agricultural research is the primary focus of the PTI government, which has been neglected in the last three decades by the successive governments, he said, adding that the organic matter of land in Pakistan stands at 0.2 per cent, whereas it is more than 2 per cent in US and the EU due to their technological advancements and scientific methods of cultivation.
Imam also attended an event organised by the Numberdar Association’s Punjab Convention where he assured the association that he would strive to resolve all their issues.
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