An international Agriculture Centre will be set up at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) to provide a firm foundation to the sector by focusing on genetic revolution, climate change, biotechnology, precision agriculture, efficient use of agricultural input etc. Setting up an international centre is a welcome step particularly when our economy is mainly based on agriculture that has been dreadfully neglected in the past despite hollow announcements by almost all governments. Now some people by leveling agriculture tax want to ruin this important and already crumbling sector as overwhelming majority of the poor people belong to this sector. Such a move is bound to enhance the level of poverty in Pakistan further. I suggest the federal government that such an International Agriculture Centre may also be set up in Agriculture University in Tando Jam in Sindh. This type of centre is badly needed there. While setting up such centres, the government should give first priority to those areas that are backward so that they should be brought to the mainstream for the better future of the country. MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL, Karachi, February 22.