KARACHI: All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has welcomed announcement of Emergency Agriculture Program by the Federal Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
PFMA in a press release Thursday said that Advisor to the Prime Minister on Agriculture Jehangir Tareen also took efforts for uplifting the agriculture sector by resolving the issues of the sector.
According to Patron-in-Chief of the Association, Waheed Ahmed the timely initiative would play a pivotal role for sustenance of economy of the country on durable foundations.
He said the federal govt. has also announced allocation of fund of Rs309 billion which would be spent on development of agriculture, livestock, horticulture and fisheries.
The agriculture sector is confronted with serious challenges of climatic change, scarcity of water and high cost of production resulting in low yield per acre besides financial losses to the growers, Waheeed said.
He said those issues could be tackled effectively by use of modern techniques. “To attain high yield per acre on farms’ level we need to simultaneously grow conventional and value added crops, which is not possible to achieve without comprehensive and ambitious Research & Development,” Waheed added.
The sector is engulfed with pre and post-harvest issues and needed definite improvement in the entire process of supply chain and reduction in cost of production.
“It’s imperative to formulate a consultative council comprising of agriculture universities, research institutions, growers and technological experts which can steer this sector, being backbone of the economy out of this deplorable state,” he said.
Waheed said that this emergency agriculture program was true replica of his “Pakistan Horticulture Vision – 2030”.
With enhancement in production of fruits and vegetables high prices could be controlled leading to an impressive increase in rate of growth of the GDP and in accordance with international demands, the surplus production can fetch much needed substantial valuable foreign exchange through enhanced exports.
He said that with promotion of modern trends in the agriculture sector, export of agriculture and livestock sectors can be enhanced to $25 billion alone. To attain this objective, it’s imperative that the draft policy titled “Pakistan Horticulture vision -2030” developed as a result of extensive consultations with stakeholders of all the provinces and extensive research work which dishes out short, medium and long term targets along with recommendations to address issues of the sector will prove to be very supportive for the GoP.
Waheed Ahmed emphasized on National Food Security and Research to get consultation from Vision – 2030 to make policies and ensure representation of PFVA in Agriculture Council so in combined the objective of agriculture revolution can be achieved.
The Association (PFVA) has recently sent a letter to the Federal Ministry of National Food Security and Research offering services of PFVA to the Emergency Agriculture Council stressing the need to make this council active.