According to a media report, the Regional Standing Committee of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) wants the agriculture sector to be one of the beneficiaries of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This would open up Chinese and other Central Asian markets for Pakistan’s agricultural produce such as oranges, dates, mangoes, guavas, bananas, green chillies, tomatoes, and cauliflowers among other fruits and vegetables. 

It must be mentioned that CPEC is a unique opportunity for Pakistan to improve its infrastructure and address the problems in the energy sector. Attaining food security remains a big challenge for the government and agriculture should be included in the CPEC priority list. 

In view of the above, the government must take appropriate measures to overcome the problems faced by farmers and exporters. Additionally, the Planning Commission must devise a thorough business plan so that CPEC leads to cooperation within the agriculture sector, and a transfer of technology is carried out towards improving agro-chemicals, pesticides, seeds, and fertilisers. 

KHAN FARAZ,  

Peshawar, August 24.