PM for decreasing middlemen's role to enable farmers get good price of their products

Dunya News

PM Imran Khan underlined the importance of resolving problems faced by the genuine farmers.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday emphasised decreasing the middlemen s role to enable the farmers get good price of their products, Dunya News reported.

During a meeting with farmers from South Punjab, PM Imran underlined the importance of resolving problems faced by the genuine farmers. He called for immediate steps in collaboration with Punjab’s Irrigation department to stop water theft from canals.

The prime minister further directed the authorities concerned to invoke relevant laws to deal with cartelisation and to shun hoarding practices.

Earlier, the prime minister was informed that it was likely that Rabi crop would be affected due to 28% shortage of water in reservoirs. The prime minister said the shortage could be met by stopping water theft from the canals.

The prime minister was apprised that Pakistan was blessed with a rich natural resource base for agriculture.

However, despite having one of the world’s best alluvial soils, diversified weather conditions, the best irrigation system and assiduous farmers, the country could not fully harness the potential of our agriculture sector mainly because of misplaced priorities of the previous governments.

The prime minister said that in order to explore full potential of the agriculture sector, the government has launched Agriculture Emergency Program worth Rs. 277 billion, an unprecedented allocation for the sector.

This initiative is aimed at enhancing the productivity of wheat, rice, sugarcane, pulses, and oilseed crops, besides developing livestock and water sectors.

The prime minister said the government was also extending Kissan Cards to farmers, especially the smaller ones, for modernizing the agriculture sector.

Through this card, he said the farmers would get benefits of various government programs, such as crop loans and subsidies on fertilizers, seeds and pesticides.

Due to Government’s favorable policies, the production of wheat, rice, maize, sugarcane, potato, onion and groundnut has increased to a record level despite COVID pandemic. The meeting was also attended by Minister for National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam, Industries Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar and Energy Minister Muhammad Hammad Azhar.