Pragmatic approach to promote agriculture, get autarky in food sector stressed
PESHAWAR: Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Syed Fakhar Imam Thursday underlined the need for pragmatic approach by agriculture institutes and scientists to promote agriculture for economic prosperity and autarky in food in the country.
He was addressing the concluding-session of a three-day national farmers’ convention and agriculture exhibition here at Pakistan Agriculture Academy for Rural Development (PARD).
Director General PARD, Farah Hamid Khan and Dr Gohar Saeed also addressed on the occasion. More than 150 farmers from across the country including Azad Kashmir participated in the 10th national farmers’ convention and agriculture exhibition at PARD.
In his key note address, Syed Fakhar Imam said Pakistan was basically an agricultural country with diversified climates and could achieve new heights of economic and agriculture prosperity through adaptation of modern science and technology besides research work in order to compete internationally.
Fakhar Imam said the country was facing problem of shortage of water and if this challenge was not addressed on priority basis, it would make negative effect on our agriculture production and food services in future.
He said water was lifeline for agriculture sector and priority should be given for construction of new dams in the country. He regretted that not a single big dam has been constructed after Tarbela in Pakistan.
“If we give top priority to agriculture and water sector then support of IMF would not be required in future,” he said.
Fakhar Imam said Kashmir was a long stand dispute and its resolution in accordance with wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris people was a must for ensuring lasting peace in the region. – APP