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Govt taking measures for uplift of agri sector: Bosan

One third of our population is directly in-touched with the Sector of Agriculture: Says Federal Minister
Our Correspondent
Islamabad
Agriculture is the largest sector of our country. One third of our population is directly in-touched with this sector. Agriculture is the back bone of our country’s economy.
This was stated by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan while addressing at inaugural session of Annual Wheat Planning and Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program held here at National Agricultural Research Center auditorium.
Federal Minister said that Prime Minister of Pakistan is also very keen upon development of agriculture sector and he is taking various steps to enhance production of agriculture sector. An amount of 20 billion is allocated for betterment policies of farmers.
He said that government is very much focusing on farmer’s livelihood uplift. He said that we are focusing to implement smart agriculture policies but climate change is the biggest challenge to face. He said that we have achieved improvement in different crops like Wheat, Potato, Rice and sugarcane. .
Chairman PARC Dr. Yusuf Zafar (T.I) said at this occasion that we are very well known in bio-tech research in 80s but we lost our position. Now we have to work very hard to implement new technology based research results to our fields.
He added that Wheat, Pakistan’s most important crop, is in the spotlight at the National Agriculture Research Center. Chairman PARC more added that Pakistan will successfully achieve Winter Wheat Crop soon and for this achievement our scientists are working hard.
We have to take serious steps towards knowledge base research and should provide all basis needs to achieve our goals. He said that I hope that by sharing knowledge and experience fruitful outcomes will be achieved from this event.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Dr. David Marshall gave opening remarks at today’s inaugural session. He said that Wheat accounts for 60 percent of the daily caloric intake of the average Pakistani, and it’s grown on over 9 million hectares of land throughout the country.
WPEP’s goal is to protect and enhance wheat productivity, with particular attention to wheat rusts, which have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in crop losses during the past 50 years.
Dr. Imtiaz Muhammad CIMMYT- CR said that because a wheat-rust epidemic would threaten Pakistan’s food security, USDA is supporting efforts to strengthen Pakistan’s wheat-rust surveillance efforts, enhance collaboration with international researchers, and improving breeding methods and testing. USDA is supporting Pakistani institutions to increase the availability of new varieties and to work toward a safe and secure food system in Pakistan.
WPEP is an international collaboration with a consortium of Pakistani government and university research facilities, USDA, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement and the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry land Areas.



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