LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday that development of the agriculture sector and prosperity of the farmers’ community is among the top priority of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) provincial government.

Talking to a delegation of party workers which called on him here on Sunday, Shahbaz Sharif said that to facilitate the growers and increase in per acre yield, the provincial government is providing billion of rupees ‘kissan package’.

He said that for first time in the country’s history, interest-free loans of 100 million rupees had been given to small farmers. The small farmers were being benefitted through subsidy on fertilizers and electricity tariff for tube wells, he added.

The chief minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N government has taken revolution steps for development of agriculture sector, considered as backbone of economy of the country.

As majority of the country’s population depends on the agriculture sector, therefore dream of development could not be materialised without developing the agriculture and removing the grievances of the growers, he added.

Shahbaz Sharif said that by offering Rs 25,000 interest-free loan for Rabi and Rs 40,00 for Kharif crops, his government has laid foundation of green revolution and latest technology was also being provided to farmers for increasing the per acre agriculture yield which was not only in the larger interest of growers but country as well.

He said that besides provision of loans, smart phones will also provided to farmers for guiding them regarding the weather updates, agricultural facilities, suitable crop regarding weather of certain region, best quality available seeds, fertilizers and others guidelines.

The CM Punjab said that over 600,000 farmers of the provinces would be facilitated through interest free loan scheme in first phase and markup of the loans will be borne by the provincial government.

He alleged that some political leaders to support their vanishing politics also raised fingers on ‘kissan package’ of the provincial government and tried to create hurdles in its way which reveals their enmity with the farmer’s community, the backbone of the country’s economy.