MULTAN - State minister for commerce and textile Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari disclosed on Monday that a proposal regarding offering subsidy on import of seeds is under consideration.
“As agriculture is the backbone of national economy and we could steer this sector out of crisis with the help of research and technology.” Addressing the participants of 6th International Conference on Plants Health organised by Department of Plant Pathology, BZ University, here on Monday, he said that the results of all new researches should be passed on to the farmers so that they could benefit from them. He said that uplift of agriculture sector is subject to ensuring farmers’ direct access to the agricultural facilities and inventions. He pointed out that the government launched a number of projects for the welfare of farmers including subsidy on fertilizers, cut in electricity tariff, construction of farm to market roads and subsidy on agricultural machinery.
He pointed out that shift in weathers, global warming, environmental issues and scarcity of water seriously affected crops, adding that increase in pest and disease attack also turned out to be another major reason behind decline in agricultural output. He was of the opinion that massive plantation is the need of the hour to counter environmental changes. “We should enact a law that binds a person to plant ten saplings if he cuts one tree,” he noted.
Speaking on the occasion, acting Vice Chancellor Dr Bashir Ahmad Ch said that over 64 percent of country’s population lives in villages, adding that their employment is directly linked to the agriculture.
He said that the results of the conference should be passed on to the farmers with a view to making them aware of the scientific developments in their field.
Chairperson of the department Dr Rashida Ateeq said that the country would automatically prosper if the farmers are prospered. She added that the universities and research institutions worked day and night to lift agriculture sector and to find out solutions to the challenges being faced by our agriculture.
Director CCRI Dr Zahid Mahmood, Prof Dr Saleem Haider and others also spoke on this occasion.