ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is determined to create a facilitating and supportive environment for farmers.
He was talking to a four member delegation of the Pakistan Kissan Ittehad led by Khalid Mahmood Khokhar in Islamabad on Friday.
The Finance Minister said the government has taken historical steps in agriculture sector including Prime Minister’s Kissan Package 2015 and unprecedented measures during the National Budget this year.
The Finance Minister assured the delegation that the government was cognizant of difficulties of the agricultural sector in the context of decrease in global commodity prices. He stressed upon the delegation for enhancing crop yield and farm productivity through mechanization and adoption of best practices.
The Minister invited the delegation to engage in a sustained policy dialogue with the government for designing future interventions in the agriculture sector.
He assured the delegation that further improvement in Research and Development for enhancing agriculture output in the country is being undertaken.
The Finance Minister appreciated the valuable role played by Minister for National Food Security on facilitating the farming community and reiterated government support for the agriculture sector.
Chairman Pakistan Kissan Ittehad appreciated the commitment of the present government and the steps taken so far for agriculture sector. He highlighted the challenges faced by the agriculture sector and sought support of the federal government for protecting the interests of the farming community.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for National Food Security Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad, Secretary National Food Security, Secretary Industries and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance.