Minister requires switching to high-value crops


The give attention to agricultural economic system has yielded constructive outcomes, nevertheless, the nation should change to high-value crops in an effort to safe a spot in international meals markets, mentioned Federal Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety and Analysis Syed Fakhar Imam.

Throughout his go to to the College of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on Saturday, he emphasised that the federal government was listening to science and expertise. He highlighted that training and analysis performed an important function in growing the per-acre yield of crops.

“This 12 months, we harvested a bumper wheat crop that yielded 27.5 million tons whereas rice and maize manufacturing stood at 8.4 million tons every,” he revealed.

Lamenting the gradual lower in cotton manufacturing, the minister mentioned that one of many causes behind the decline was cultivation of the crop on much less space as a result of farmers weren’t making a great revenue from it.

The federal government has, nevertheless, mounted its assist worth at Rs5,000 per 40 kg to encourage the farmers to sow cotton, he added.

The minister mentioned that the federal government was anticipating manufacturing of 8.5 million bales of cotton within the ongoing 12 months in Sindh and Punjab, and projected that the determine may be greater, which might give Pakistan a chance to export the excess.

“The federal government is making severe efforts to reinforce cotton yield as a result of it contributes 60% to the nation’s exports,” he mentioned. Nevertheless, the minister flagged seed scarcity as a significant concern.

“We want 1.1 million tons of seeds of various crops yearly to sow over 22 million acres of land,” he mentioned.

“Wheat cultivation will begin after seven weeks and we now have 530,000 tons of licensed seeds, out of which, 160,000 tons have resistance towards rust,” the minister mentioned. “Pakistan is anticipated to reap bumper crops subsequent 12 months.”

He knowledgeable the viewers that Punjab, in collaboration with different provinces, was discussing a complete technique to rework the present agricultural system to high-value crops.

With the intention to enhance the analysis high quality to extend per-acre yield, the minister mentioned that he visited analysis centres in Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Lodhran and Vehari.

Revealed in The Categorical Tribune, September 12th, 2021.

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