ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that the current government, for the first time in the country’s history, has drawn up a comprehensive agricultural transformation plan and is implementing it as a matter of priority. Mechanization of the agricultural sector, the provision of quality seeds, an efficient water management system and assistance to animal husbandry transform the agricultural sector into a high-yielding economic entity, he added. The Prime Minister chaired a meeting on priority sectors to review progress in the implementation of the Agricultural Transformation Plan (ATP) and Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
He said that with the introduction of the Kissan card, fertilizer subsidies and genetic improvement of livestock, the government aimed to achieve even higher yields from the record yield achieved last year.
During the agriculture transformation plan review meeting, it was informed that for the dissemination of quality seeds in order to increase the average yield and product quality, the relevant approvals have been obtained and the release of funds was underway.
For the genetic improvement of livestock, the import of quality semen has been proposed and the process has been accelerated and given high priority. In addition, in order to help pastoralists, the 9211 helpline was reactivated in Punjab as it was nearing completion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.
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The meeting was also informed that the agriculture mechanization project was about to be completed and the distribution of machines to farmers will start soon. This will not only help increase the yield, but also help reduce operating costs.
In addition to the above, the development of a comprehensive and well-managed information and communication technology (ICT) system for the agricultural sector, including extension services to assist farmers, will also be initiated in during the first quarter of the coming year.
During the meeting, a comprehensive update was also made on the institutional reforms regarding research institutes, where 65% of the proposed interventions have already been implemented with particular emphasis on cotton research institutes. Centers of excellence in agricultural research were soon launched in Punjab and other provinces with a focused approach on high-yielding crops and crops that will significantly reduce dependence on imports.
The meeting received a detailed briefing on olive cultivation and was informed that the import of high yielding plants for 20,000 acres has already started. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Khalid Khursheed on Monday called Prime Minister Imran Khan. During the meeting, the income sector reform process and ongoing improvement projects under the PSDP in Gilgit Baltistan were discussed, the media wing of the prime minister’s office said in a statement. hurry. In addition, the measures taken to ensure an uninterrupted supply of wheat were also discussed during the meeting.