LAHORE, June 19 (TNS): Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that agricultural sector is of paramount importance in national economy so development of this sector at sustainable basis and affluence of farmers is our mission.
Talking to a delegation of PML-N which called on the Chief Minister (CM) here on Sunday, Shehbaz Sharif said that each conceivable resource for promotion of agriculture is being utilized and steps are being taken on priority basis for the prosperity and welfare of small farmers.
He said that it is the need of the hour to modernize agricultural sector and furnish it with most recent patterns to make farmers well-off.
Pakistan is an agrarian country as its soil is exceptionally rich and there exists tremendous potential in farming segment which should be used for the best, he said adding that development and progress of farmers is very first priority as prosperous farmers are assurance to developed Pakistan that is why our government has taken steps to provide relief to farmers with their consultation.
Shehbaz Sharif further said that our government has given Special Kisaan Package worth billions of rupees for the development of farmers and agriculture. He said that we have laid the foundation of Green Revolution through this Kisaan Package and every penny of it is being disbursed for the welfare of cultivators and increasing per acre productivity. This package has left positive impact on agriculture sector and farmers are being provided with their due rights through Kisaan Package, he maintained.
He said that a substantial sum of Rs. 140.50 billion has been allocated in next fiscal year for agriculture, irrigation, livestock, forests, fisheries and food while overall reduction in fertilizer prices will be maintained for farmers’ prosperity.
Punjab government has decided to pay sale tax of more than six billion rupees on agriculture tube-wells for improving the living standard of small cultivators, he shared. He said that it is our responsibility to take every administrative and financial step for the well-being of farmers. We will establish agricultural economy on stable basis and make the farmers independent by helping them stand on their own feet, he vowed.
For the first time in the history, farmers are provided with interest free loans and landless farmers will likewise get advantage from this milestone program also the process of acquiring loan will be made easy through computerized system, Chief Minister assured.
Shehbaz Sharif said that setting up Punjab Agriculture, Food and Drug Authority in the Province is an imperative measure that will provide quality medicines and food to its people. It will be operational completely by this year and assume its successful part to supply farmers with standard pesticides, he added.
He said that under the vibrant leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, government will continue with the sequence of steps to improve agriculture sector.