PTI government vows to bring agriculture sector reforms in Pakistan

PTI government vows to bring agriculture sector reforms in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms and Statistics Division Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar says special emphasis will be laid on developing and modernizing agriculture sector in the next five year plan.

Chairing a consultative meeting on Agriculture Sector Development in Islamabad today (Tuesday), he said both short and long term strategies will be devised to enhance agriculture growth and its contribution to the country's GDP.

The Minister said agriculture sector was neglected in the last plan and its growth remained dismal during the last five years which is evident from the fact that almost all targets in this area were missed.

He underlined that the progress of agriculture sector provides a sound base for economic development and the present Government is paying special attention on agriculture development by focusing on improving its key sectors including livestock and fisheries.

He said yield of major crops like cotton, wheat, sugarcane and rice will be enhanced by adopting best irrigation and farming practices, efficient water management and quality agriculture inputs.

He said Livestock and fisheries sectors also offer great export potential that will be harnessed to boost the country's exports.

Khusro Bakhtyar said development of agriculture sector will also help in poverty reduction as a large number of country's population was attached with this key field...