President calls for efficient strategy to enhance agri output in Balochistan
QUETTA: President Dr Arif Alvi has called for an efficient strategy to address the issue of water shortage and achieve enhanced agricultural production in Balochistan, a land of natural resources and hardworking people.
The ongoing projects for the promotion of agriculture sector in the province, including the green tractor scheme were the guarantee of agricultural development in Balochistan, he added.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of “Balochistan Green Tractor Programme”, the president appreciated the projects initiated by the provincial government for the development of the agriculture sector.
President Alvi said that Balochistan, being a major contributor in the country’s total livestock production, was full of natural resources, adding that agriculture and livestock production sectors were the professions of prophets and belonged to human history.
With the passage of time and increase in population, these sectors achieved progress and were progressing due to modern technology, he said, and gave the example of Vietnam, which, having a coastline smaller than Balochistan, took its fisheries exports from the initial $300 million to $10 billion/annum due to better strategy and concentration.
China alone spends $70 billion/annum on the import of Halal meat, President Alvi said, adding that the country could earn huge foreign exchange through the development of the livestock sector.
Pakistan could achieve manifold increase in its Halal meat exports by checking the animal disease of foot and mouth, he said, adding that the elected representatives of Balochistan will have to play their active role in sustainable development of the province through right decisions.
The president said contrary to the past, when wrong decisions were made regarding the mineral resources in Balochistan, the present government was taking measures for improvement, which would also help redress the past mistakes.
President Alvi said that as against the economic downslide faced by the neighbouring countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistan comparatively recorded less economic losses due to its better and effective strategy.
With the grace of Allah Almighty and the cooperation of the people from all the segments of the society and media, the country remained successful in checking the coronavirus pandemic.
He said as there was deterioration in various institutions, Prime Minister Imran Khan did sincere efforts and took effective measures to check corruption and the outflow of the country’s wealth through money laundering by a few people.
Speaking on the occasion, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal said that the per day water requirement of Quetta was 20 million gallons, adding that the work was in progress on the project of recycling used water and for the conservation of the precious resource.
Kamal also highlighted the various measures being taken by the provincial government for the socioeconomic development of Balochistan.
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