RECESSION has hit every country indeed very hard. The IMF is not much hopeful about the world getting itself out of the economic crisis anytime soon at least not until 2010. It believes that the global growth will be sluggish at the alarming rate of 1.9 percent. No doub Pakistan, like other economies of the world, has been thrust deep into this maelstrom but while different countries from around the globe have taken emergency measures, energizing different sectors of their economies, it has largely adopted a supine attitude towards improving its fiscal situation. For instance, it has ignored its agriculture without taking into consideration the fact that it could make a major contribution in making a financial recovery. By supplying food products like wheat, rice and vegetables, to the world that is going through a food crisis, Pakistan could earn valuable foreign capital. The need, therefore, is to modernise the farming methods. Citing the example of Gobi desert and how it was turned into a precious farming area, a delegation of Chinese experts has rightly suggested that Pakistan converts its deserts into productive farmlands. They have also stressed the need to introduce hi-tech agriculture on a large scale. While one hopes that the government would lend ears to what its Chinese friends are saying, it could in the meanwhile do well by taking certain steps to improve the yield of crops. The farmers need to be given easy access to credit. Then, the availability of certified seeds remains a big worry. While its use ought to have been 100 percent, it was recorded at 19 percent. Likewise, owing to rampant poverty, the use of equipment like tractors has been curtailed. Lack of water and electricity makes the situation worse. The government must gird up its loins to address these problems. Keeping in view the factor that Pakistan's economy is largely agrarian, there is reason to believe that the sector could greatly help the country pull itself out of poverty.