Agriculture constitutes the largest sector of our economy. Majority of the population, directly or indirectly, is dependent on this sector. It contributes about 24% of the GDP and accounts for half of employed labour force. It is also one of the largest source of our foreign exchange earnings. It feeds our whole rural and urban population. Punjab being the main stakeholder has a lot of concern with the agrarian reforms in practice. The efforts of CM Punjab are, no doubt, commendable in this regard, yet there is still a lot to be done. Allama Iqbal had said years back, "Jis khet sy dehqan ko muyassar na ho rozi, us khet ke har khosha-e-gandam ko jala do "the crop which cherishes not the farmer, must be burnt to ashes". Though a lot has been done in case of wheat crop and a standard rate of Rs 950 has been set for the official purchase of this staple, yet this notion of burning crops does not lose its worth as by 'gandum', Allama Iqbal did not mean only wheat but all crops of the farmer. Rice and potato are other important crops of Pakistan but unlike wheat, the growers of these crops are in serious problem because of falling prices. These two crops cost more than the wheat does as they consume more water, fertilizers and seed accrued at higher costs. Prices generally rise at the end of the year and, thus, only those with stock benefit. Secondly, the rate at which these crops are procured varies a lot every year, which leads to uncertainty. Need of the hour is to provide stable prices throughout the year for these crops like it has been done in case of wheat. The Khadim-e-Aala should take urgent measures for the release of rice and potato in stock at suitable prices this year. -AFZAAL AHMED, Lahore, April 5.