LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressed an important meeting through video conference from London, according to an official handout yesterday.

Steps regarding implementation of Agri Package 2016 were reviewed during the meeting and a final shape was given to the measures for implementation of Agri Package 2016 of hundred billion rupees for the promotion of agriculture and prosperity of farmers.

The CM said that a special package of 100 billion rupees has been given for the development of agriculture and prosperity of cultivators during next two years. “Every penny of the Package will be spent on the welfare of farmers and increasing per acre agri production,” the handout reads.

Stressing that progress and prosperity of small farmers is priority of Punjab government, the CM said if farmers will prosper, Pakistan will progress. He said that agriculture sector is of key importance in national economy, and steps are being taken with the consultation of farmers for providing relief to them.

Under Agri Package 2016, the CM said, steps are being taken for providing relief to the farmers in the real sense. The Agri Package will leave a positive impact on agriculture sector, he hoped.

“The implementation of Agri Package will result in increasing per acre yield and changing the fate of farmers,” Shehbaz said during the meeting.

He also told the meeting about an Agriculture commission being set up for providing relief to the farmers, development of agri sector and discharging other affairs relating to agriculture.

The CM further stressed the need for hard work, devotion and passion to achieve desired results from Agri Package. “We will have to move forward jointly for empowering the cultivators and promoting agriculture,” he urged.

“Pakistan is an agrarian country, its land is fertile and farmers are hard working. We have great potential of agriculture and we will benefit from it.

“Agriculture and research & development are linked with each other and universities and agriculture research institutions will have to pay full attention to agriculture research,” he added.

He directed the authorities concerned to take such steps for reducing production cost and for increasing cultivable area. “It is the responsibility of government to take every administrative and financial step for the welfare of farmers and we will discharge it at every cost,” Shehbaz vowed.

Provincial ministers Rana Sanaullah, Dr Farrukh Javed, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Mian Yawar Zaman, Special Assistant on Livestock Arshad Jutt, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development and others attended the meeting at civil secretariat.

Separately, in a statement, CM Shehbaz vowed that the killers of a 21-year-old woman will be brought to justice.

Maria Sadaqat, a schoolteacher, was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries after she was burnt alive by five men in Muree.

“The beasts, who burnt that poor girl to death, will be held accountable and justice would be provided to victim family at all costs,” Shehbaz said in a statement yesterday.

The statement added that the chief minister was in constant contact with police authorities regarding progress in this case, from London. Meanwhile, six special teams have been constituted to arrest the central accused.