ISLAMABAD-National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research here on Wednesday directed the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to ensure the timely fixation of prices of all major crops every year to stop the monopoly of middlemen in the country.

It also asked for ensuring the availability of quality seeds in the market so that growers could enhance their production.

The committee met here with Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan in the chair and expressed grave concern over the COVID-19 which paralyzed the whole world.

The committee deemed that agriculture sector was the backbone of the country which could generate maximum revenue for the country therefore, the government might give first priority to it and offered various incentives to the growers so that they could work more effectively for the welfare of the country.

The committee recommended the government to procure wheat from small growers at their doorsteps in order to lessen their transport burden so that the targets set by the government could be achieved.