Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah called for collaborated efforts on the part of agricultural experts and farmers’ associations to ensure food security with special reference to land holdings and land reforms.
He chaired a meeting of agricultural experts at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad. He said that the Punjab government was taking every possible step to address the issues of farming community. He said it is a challenge to ensure food security as population is increasing and agricultural land is decreasing. He stressed the need to make steps to increase the per acre production. He directed the meeting to present the problems of the farming community before the government and pledged that their issues would be resolved.
Farmers Associates Pakistan President Tariq Bucha and Executive Members Afaq Tawana, Hamid Malhi and MNA Babar Shahbaz were also present on the occasion. On the occasion, UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad and Institute of Resource Economics Director Muhammad Asfaq presented the analysis of land holding and reforms in the country.
Giving briefing, the vice chancellor said in 1972, twenty eight percent of farms were under 2 hectares of land which is now 65 percent. He said farms above 20 hectares are only 1.1 percent which were 3.2 percent in 1972. Taking about projected population and food security, he said that in 2013, as many as 26 million tonnes of wheat is required which will touch 34 million tonnes in 2050 for 250 million population. He said that the situation demands expedited efforts to secure food for the increasing population. He stressed the need for promoting the corporate agriculture farming. It will help seek efficiency of production and increased incomes/revenue through combining different agricultural activities at one place under management of one entity, he added.
He said that 85 percent of the farming community consists of small farmers. Dr Ashfaq said that the CAF will make small farmers more efficient. He said that it is the need of the hour to increase the productivity by going for cooperative farming. He also briefed about the land reforms in the country.