ISLAMABAD (APP) - Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL) is poised to develop agriculture and alleviate rural poverty by enhancing agri-loans for modern farm practices in the country. This was stated by President ZTBL Zaka Ashraf in a meeting with farmers of Sindh. He was on a visit to new district of Benazirabad in Sindh province and met with the farmers and bank's executives, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. He said that Agriculture was the mainstay of economy and ZTBL was playing pivotal role to finance entire value added chain of agriculture sector for rapid economic growth and its sustainability. "The bank has increased its agriculture lending coupled with innovative technology, which would help in increasing field per acre production and small farmer's income", said Zaka Ashraf. He said that in line with the vision of the President for uplift of small farmers and agriculture through farm mechanization, ZTBL has been assigned the task to turnaround the agriculture sector. through rural development and improve the small farmer's lot. The representatives of farmers from Sindh province apprised the ZTBL President about their problems needing immediate attention. Zaka instructed the Bank's officials to extend full cooperation to the farmers and said that all complaint or grievance must be addressed promptly. He advised that any leniency or wilful negligence by the bank officials will be dealt strictly. Zaka alongwith bank's officials also visited district Benazirabad to review the potential areas of agriculture investment there.