President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that the use of modern technology, as well as good seeds on the pattern of China and better utilization of water, are vital for enhancing agricultural productivity in Pakistan.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the Pakistan-China Agricultural Forum in Islamabad, he said that there is a need for promotion of better utilization of water for cultivation, keeping in view requirements of the agriculture sector.
Arif Alvi stressed for change in the present utilization of water for cultivation so that water could be available for crops through better management. He said that fixing water prices also needed for the hour. With the use of better technology and by using good seeds, the productivity of various agricultural commodities including cotton could be increased, he said.
He also highlighted the importance and need for increasing the capacity of human resources and said Pakistan could benefit from the experience of China in this sector. He said that Pakistan would also have to use modern technology for the cultivation and storage of agricultural crops. He said Pakistan would have to take benefit from China’s experience in increasing crops’ production and its storage.
He said that there is a great worldwide demand for Pakistan’s basmati rice and mangoes, which had international repute. Besides increasing agricultural production, there is also a need for promoting value addition in this sector, he said. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is keen to take benefit from China cooperation in various fields including agriculture.
The president said that Pakistan and China friendship is time-tested and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would play a pivotal role in the progress and development. While appreciating organizers of the forum, he said that both Pakistan and China could take benefit from each other’s experiences through such forums.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between Pakistan and China. Minister for National Food Security Mahboob Sultan, Kashmir Committee Chairman Fakhar Imam, Ambassador of China Yao Jing and others also spoke on the occasion.
PM CHAIRS MEETING: Chairing a review meeting at the PM House in Islamabad regarding the agricultural production with special focus on the facilitation of small growers, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the provision of all possible facilities to small growers is among the foremost priorities of the government.
He said that the agricultural policy also reflected the government’s commitment to facilitating the farmers, especially the small growers. He said that the provision of facilities to small growers would not only help enhance the local agricultural production but would also help check poverty, besides improving the economic situation.
He directed to further increase the inter-provincial coordination so that the achievement of targets in the agricultural sector could be ensured. Minister for Food Security Mehboob Sultan, Minister for Energy Umar Ayub, Adviser Abdul Razak Dawood, special assistants Nadeem Babar, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Yusuf Baig Mirza, National Assembly member Asad Umar and senior officers attended the meeting.