KARACHI - The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) urged the provincial governments for financing the SME farmers and called for focus on promotion of food, agriculture and livestock to feed the ever increasing population of the country and promotion of farm entrepreneurship for self-employment.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the need for the promotion of agriculture, agr-based industries and livestock on modern lines to meet the growing demand of the masses. He said our soil needs nourishment and it is regretted that day by day the yield is reducing due to lack of modern irrigation, cultivation and plantation techniques. Secondly the government needs to promote and developed the agri based industries scientifically. The yield in our neighboring country is much higher in almost all the produce items mainly because of the modern systems adopted by the farm sector. Our farmers borrow amounts from the financiers before the harvest and then they have to sell crop through financiers who also act as the middleman. They also charge their financing interest and they buy the produce on cash from the growers at lower rates. The provincial governments  eed to facilitate the farmers by financing them for improvement of yield by purchasing farm equipments, tractors, harvesters, building of warehouses and purchase of income generating vehicles on the mortgage of the land.

There is vast scope in cattle farming, sheep breeding, animal husbandry and cattle fattening besides poultry and fish farming. There is urgent need for the promotion of the livestock by caring for the meat resources animals and nourishing and breeding them under proper health care.

It is unfortunate that the provincial banks of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are only financing the influential members of the assembly and their connections on arid land holdings and not financing the SME farmers who are capable of producing and improving farm efficiency and meeting the needs of the growing population.