KARACHI- Agriculture sector needs a major transformation if it has to significantly contribute towards the improvement of livelihoods of the population as well as macroeconomic welfare and prosperity, says new Pakistan Economic Survey 2013-14.

Food security concerns remain high on the policy agenda at national level. Due to concerted actions, the performance of agriculture sector has been encouraging with growth of 2.1 percent during 2013-14.

Pakistan’s agriculture sector involves 43.7 percent of labor force. The government is determined to achieve the required production targets through collective actions by focusing on improved agricultural planning and policies, scaling up investment to implement these plans and policies with provincial coordination based on well-crafted National Agriculture and Food Security Policy.

According to the survey, the livestock sector which contributes 55.9 percent in the agriculture exhibited a growth of 2.9 percent in 2013-14. The fishing sector showed a growth of one percent, having a share of two percent in agriculture value addition against last year’s growth of 0.7 percent. Forestry sector posted a growth of 1.5 percent this year as compared to growth of one percent last year.