PR No. 10 Prime Minister briefed on Agriculture sector Islamabad: September 5, 2017

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was briefed on agriculture sector here at PM Office today.

 

Minister for National Food Security and Research, Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan and senior officials of the ministry briefed the Prime Minister regarding overall outlook of the sector, achievements of the ministry and challenges faced by the agriculture sector. The Prime Minister was briefed that presently the agriculture sector is contributing 19.5% to the GDP of the country and around 42% labor force is employed in the sector. Agriculture in the country provides 57.5% share in the total exports and growth rate of the sector remained 3.46% in FY 2016-17.

 

The Prime Minister stated that agriculture being the mainstay of our economy, the government aims at sustainable growth of the sector. The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to work on a policy framework for putting in place optimal methods for ensuring food security in the country. The Prime Minter also directed the Ministry to bring the issue of current low investment in the sector as compared to the pre-devolution scenario before the CCI so as to ensure allocation of greater resources to the sector by Provincial governments as well as the Federal Government.

 

Proposals to increase productivity and crop diversification, keeping in view the local demands and meeting various other challenges including climate change should also be part of the framework alongwith promotion of Research and Development functions of various various organisations of the Ministry in line with international best practices. As a bottom line, the State must ensure a fair return to farmers for their efforts by adopting sustainable policy framework.

 

The Prime Minister stated that small farmers should be the focus of our agriculture policy so as to provide maximum facilitation.

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