Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government is implementing a comprehensive programme for uplift of agri sector and prosperity of farmers and all-out resources are being utilised for this purpose.
He said that provision of necessary facilities to the farmers is essential for promoting agri economy and concerned departments should take practical measures for the prosperity of cultivators. He said that Punjab government would spend 100 billion rupees during next two years for the development of agri sector and full attention would be paid to agri research.
He was presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed steps proposed for implementation of recommendations of Punjab Agri Conference 2016 for the betterment of farmers and development of agri sector.
While addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that Rs 100 billion would be spent during next two years for the development of agri sector and prosperity of farmers and such programmes would be evolved to directly benefit the farmers.
He said that progress and prosperity of farmers is the top priority and the government is moving forward in this direction by adopting a farmer-friendly policy.
Shahbaz said that he would personally monitor the measures taken under historic package of Rs 100 billion for the prosperity of farmers and development of agri sector. The Chief Minister said that maximum efforts would be made to protect cultivators from the losses due to recession at international level.
He said that economic loss to farmers would be made up through financial, legal and administrative measures and due returns to the cultivators would be ensured. He said that immediate measures are needed for the standardisation of agri machinery.
The Chief Minister directed that steps should be taken to activate Punjab Agri Research Board and special attention be paid to research to enhance agri production and area under cultivation.
He said that there is a need to transfer results of agri research to farmers. He said that promotion of technology, research development and agri-extension is essential for development of agriculture sector and progress of farmers. He said that department concerned would have to play an active role for the development of agri sector.
The CM directed to submit a practicable and final plan for the strengthening of agri economy and said that prosperity of small cultivators should be the top priority.
He also ordered to constitute a high level committee headed by Chief Secretary to present a comprehensive roadmap within a few days for development of agri sector and betterment of farmers.
Secretary Agriculture gave a detailed briefing on the measures proposed in the light of recommendations for the progress of agri sector and prosperity of cultivators. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Bilal Yasin, Dr Farrukh Javed, Mian Yawar Zaman, Dr Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Muhammad Asif Malik, Special Assistant Arshad Jatt, Advisor Ijaz Nabi, Chief Secretary Captain Zahid Saeed (retd), Chairman Planning & Development and concerned secretaries attended the meeting.
Source: Business Recorder