More than 70 percent of the total population of Pakistan lives in rural areas. Their main source of earnings is from agriculture products. Some farmers engage themselves in Kharif crops whereas some prefer Rabi crops (depending on the weather of the area and the condition of the soil). In other words, our farmer remains busy in his crop from its sowing to its last harvest for complete six months whereas in other six months of a year he remains unemployed. Due to such seasonal harvest, many farmers experience poverty in their lives where they find it really hard to meet even the basic necessities of life both for themselves and for their family members in a satisfactory manner. If we sincerely want to remove poverty from our rural areas and want to improve the socio-economic condition of our farmer, then we must focus our energies for the establishment of agro-based industries in villages in the shape of rice mill, sugar mill, dairy milk industry, cotton ginning industry, flour mill, etc. There is a huge scope of establishment of agro-based industries in certain specific areas of interior Sindh. For example, mango-based industries can easily be set up in mango producing districts of interior Sindh such as Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Sanghar, Hyderabad,Tando Allahyar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Matiari, and Naushehro Feroz. Banana industries in Thatta, tomato industries in Badin, dates industries in Sukkur/Khairpur and guava based industries in Larkana can be established by engaging the private sector there. This would, definitely, generate great economic opportunities for the local people, including the poor farmers of the surrounding villages of these districts by enabling them to get jobs in these industries which will eventually help in improving their economic condition. This will also help in stopping mass scale migration of the villagers to the urban centres of the country. ABDUL SAMAD SAMO, Karachi, May 25.