ISLAMABAD

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said that government had tried to facilitate the farmers to the maximum extent possible in the budget 2015-2016 despite economic constraints.

He made these remarks during a meeting with a 6-member delegation of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad led by Khalid Mehmood Khokhar. The delegation conveyed to the minister gratitude of the farmers community for announcing agricultural package in the budget 2015-16. Kahlid Mehmood on this occasion said that the farmers had been hard pressed due to economic difficulties and the concessions just announced would encourage them to contribute to the national economy with new zeal. "The whole farming community is grateful to the PML-N government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar for this package and welcomes it whole heartedly", Khalid remarked.

Speaking on the occasion, finance minister appreciated the valuable input by Minister for National Food Security, Sikandar Hayat Bosan on agriculture/farmers related issues. He said agriculture had a very important role Pakistan's economy and the government had full realisation of its importance. He added that not only agriculture, the government had kept all other sectors of the economy in its focus while finalising the budget and endeavoured to facilitate them as much as possible.

Chairman FBR, Tariq Bajwa, Additional Secretary to Finance Minister, Tariq Mahmood Pasha and Joint Secretary, Finance Division Awais Manzoor also attended the meeting.