All out efforts for agriculture uplift: Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan

Islamabad, June 11, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal government is fully aware of the problems faced by the farmers and is making all out efforts for agriculture sector uplift. This was stated by federal minister for food security and research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan while addressing a press conference. The minister added that govt has tried to provide maximum relief to the farmer in the current budget and PM Nawaz Sharif is eager to manage more incentives for the farmers in current difficult situation.

The Minister further added that Seed Amendment Bill 2015 has been approved by the senate committee and it would be presented in Senate soon. The ministry is working on Plants Breeders’ Rights Act and it would be tabled soon for approval.

The federal minister apprised the media about FAO annual session. The federal minister highlighted the collaboration between FAO and Pakistan for the betterment of agriculture sector. The minister reiterated that after devolution agriculture is a provincial subject, but that federal government is trying its level best to facilitate the farmers.

Responding to the allegations by the opposition leader Khursheed Shah, the federal minister stated that after 18th amendment provinces are independent in formulating their own agricultural policies as it is a provincial subject. But surprisingly the agricultural spending by Sindh government has declined from 8 billion to 2 billion Rs after devolution.

The minister added further that the price announced for sugar cane by Sindh govt was 182 Rs per 40 kg, whereas the farmers were paid just 155Rs. The respective govt must ensure that the farmer gets its due share and is safeguarded from industrialists. The Federal Minister acknowledged the sincerity of federal government towards farmer community. He mentioned that the Federal government is trying to minimize the duties that directly or indirectly effect agricultural produce.

Other initiatives by the government include establishment of agricultural universities, Soil Mapping Institute, Mango Research Institute and Crop Loan Insurance. The minister lamented that when he left in 2007, there were no duties on agriculture. All these duties which increase the cost of production were imposed during previous government. The federal minister extended his support to the opposition leader and stressed upon provincial governments to perform their duties with responsibility.

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