Agriculture

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Promises

1.Farmers will be provided assistance by increase the prices of the yield. Agriculture research will be conducted.

2.We will decrease costs by Optimizing existing and introducing new subsidy programmes.

3.Increasing access to credit with easy terms of repayment.

4.Sharing costs of investments required to improve productivity

5.We will expand existing and create new warehouses along with crop grading system in key locations across Pakistan under public-private partnerships.

6.We will deregulate the seed market apart from a few commercially important seeds.

7.We will reduce import duty on farm machinery to increase productivity.

8.We will incentivize farmers to conserve water, adopt regenerative agriculture, effectively control weeds and be more market driven with their crop mix.

9.We will encourage private banks to roll-out digital loans for quick access with easier terms of repayment and launch warehouse receipt financing.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, talks about the agricultural projects by PTI government.

Progress:

20 August 2018

State Bank of Pakistan announced the target for agriculture lending for current fiscal year to be Rs1.25 trillion after achieving Rs972.6 billion for the previous fiscal year. It was close to the set target of Rs1 trillion. Governor State Bank, Tariq Bajwa, said that state bank is working to remove any geographical discrepancies and even distribution of lending according to the proportion they have in the sector.

26 August 2018

Punjab government will provide 473,500 pro bono olive saplings to farmers under its five year plan (2015-2020). Requests or this plan are open till 30 August. This plan is meant to reduce import bill of edible oil by promoting local production.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, explains the importance of agricultural godowns.

27 August 2018

Pakistan was being invited and granted the status of ‘guest of honour’ by China at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) scheduled from 5 November to 10 November. Since China’s import demands for food have been increasing, it provides an opportunity for Pakistan as an agrarian country. It will not only open channels for export industry in China but internationally as well.

29 August 2018

To avert the hike in price and possible crisis of urea, the government has decided to operationalize three fertilizers in Punjab for two months to avoid any decrease in agriculture’s growth during Kharif crop production.  Officials of four federal ministries including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of industries, Ministry of Petroleum and Ministry of Food security held a meeting to forward a summary to Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet.

31 August 2018

Dr Umar Saif, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), said that Pakistan becomes the first country in the world to prepare maps of crop type and acreage through multi-spectral imagery. The use of satellites in the process in profitable as it will provide the health of vegetation, he added.

4 September 2018

The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) in its ‘Charter for Pakistani Industry’ has advised the government to declare agriculture emergency as the sector which is considered to be the backbone of the economy holds the weight of imports worth nearly $7 billion annually. It has also urged the government to establish a task force to improve the situation in this sector.

5 September 2018

In accordance with the performance of previous government, PTI government has decided to impose emergency in the agriculture sector. It will help farmers to make more profit. A task force has been made to look into the problems of this sector. It includes Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar and Adviser on Commerce, Textile and Industry Abdul Razak Dawood.

18 September 2018

Finance Minister, Asad Umar, said that to improve the situation of the agriculture sector the government has announced to provide subsidy of Rs 7 billion on imported urea. He also said that the government will provide gas to the local plants.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, talks about the need of water conservation in agricultural sector of Pakistan.

26 September 2018

Industry officials warned the government that Increase in the prices of gas for fertilizer sector could affect the overall performance of the agriculture sector as it could increase urea price up to Rs128 per kg.

16 October 2018

Pakistan and China may sign the deals intended to bring investment in the sector of agriculture under the CPEC project. The main aims would include the enhancement of the production in this sector and exporting the surplus to China.

30 November 2018

PM Imran Khan said that for the achievement of modern technical equipment to enhance per acre agricultural produce like laser levellers the government will provide subsidies to small farmers. He also said that agricultural markets will be established to make sure that farmers get the best price out of their produced yield. He said that the government would spend Rs 140 billion to conserve and provide water for agriculture sector. He was addressing at the convention centre after the 100 days completion of his government.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, talks about the use of technology in the agriculture sector of Pakistan.

2 December 2018

Punjab government announced the expansion of e-credit scheme in the benefit of the growers. According to Agriculture Department, under the first phase of this scheme almost 300,000 growers have been given interest free loans.

6 December 2018

Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) announced a plan worth Rs 82 billion in the sector of agriculture. It is aimed to boost crop yield, efficiency of water and development in farms.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, talks about the potential of different crops in Pakistan’s agriculture sector.

13 December 2018

Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial, Minister for Agriculture, launched a report by Punjab Food Outlook. It mentioned that Pakistan is fourth largest country in the world in the production of chickpeas and it’s high potential of exporting potatoes in the Middle East.

22 January 2019

The government has decided to provide around Rs 35 billion subsidy on fertilisers in the mini budget. In addition to that  Rs 20 billion subsidy would be provided on urea.

25 January 2019

Punjab has launched its climate smart agriculture profile. It highlights climate smart strategies to adapt to extreme weather conditions in Punjab. It is prepared jointly by International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and Agriculture Department.

2 February 2019

PM Imran Khan said that development in agriculture sector is the first priority of his government. He said that the federal government will provide all the support that the provincial government require to reach the potential that this sector has to offer. He was chairing a high-level meeting on agriculture and food processing.

9 February 2019

State Bank of Pakistan has insisted the stakeholders to incorporate modern technology for the development of agriculture sector. While chairing the Agricultural Credit Advisory Committee (ACAC), he said that the efforts of banks in the previous fiscal year in this regard were remarkable. He encouraged them to increase their agriculture outreach in terms of infrastructure by hiring credit officers relevant to the field.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, explains the importance of agriculture in Pakistan’s economy.

14 February 2019

Malik Nauman Ahmad Langrial, Minister for agriculture, said that the government is soon going to implement its first ever agriculture policy for Punjab. The draft of the policy has already been approved by the cabinet in October, he added.

He also said that the government has started ‘Takkaful’ crop insurance to ease the farmers and has provided around 30,000 insurances against wheat, cotton and rice crops.

20 February 2019

Punjab announced its agriculture policy which is the first ever policy in the field of agriculture. The main aims highlighted in the policy include investments in the sector of farming, implementation of better management system and promotion of latest irrigation tech to achieve high yields.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, explains the future of agriculture in Pakistan.

1 March 2019

PM Imran Khan ordered to halt the construction on any agricultural land for the housing schemes. He also required the proposals from all the provinces to provide recommendations while stating the hurdles for further development in the sector of agriculture.

9 March 2019

While acknowledging that agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Pakistan, CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said that long term policy is being chased to get far reaching results. He said that rights of farmers will also be protected and government is working to improve their lifestyles.

7 April 2019

State Bank of Pakistan in its report mentioned the dire need to adopt climate smart agriculture approach as Pakistan is amongst top 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change. Changes in temperature have already affected the production of wheat and could worse if not acted timely, the report added.

18 April 2019

Government is doubtful to achieve the set target for wheat production due to irregular rain spells in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. An estimated 200,000 tonnes wheat loss has just been recorded in Punjab alone. Director General Muhammad Riaz Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that it was the duty of agriculture department to brief the farmers to protect the crops as they had issued timely warnings.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Dr Munir Ahmad, gives some recommendations to the government regarding their focus in the sector of agriculture.