NA: (NA Committee on National Food Security and Research meets)

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food, Security and Research held here on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

The Committee discussed Scrutiny of the budgetary proposals of the Ministry, if any, relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2016-17 as required under rule 201(6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and Presentation of Report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on NFS&R.

The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research apprised the Committee about the summary of proposed demands for his Ministry’s projects in (PSDP) 2016-17.

He informed that total number of 75 projects amounting to Rs. 8157.516 million are demanded for the year 2016-17. The breakup of department-wise proposals/demands for PSDP 2016-17 were discussed in detail.

The ongoing 20 projects, new approved 17 projects and 38 unapproved were proposed by the Ministry. The Committee after intensive deliberation over the proposed demands, unanimously approved the budgetary proposals for the FY 2016-17.

It was also apprised the Committee about the Kitchen gardening projects, olive cultivation projects in detail. The olives are successfully cultivated in Pothohar, Charsadda, Upper Balochistan, KPK and FATA regions and invited the Committee to visit these areas to see the projects and give their guidance for further enhancement for its cultivation.

The new projects under consideration for PSDP proposed for 2016-17 were also discussed and unanimously agreed and Risk based control of Foot and Mouth deceases in Pakistan may be given due consideration to control the deceases in the animals to strengthen the Dairy Development and this project was recommended on priority basis.

The report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was presented by its convener (Rao Mohammad Ajmal Khan), MNA on the issue of import of sub-standard wheat imported form Ukraine which was approved by the main Committee.

The meeting was attended by Ch. Nazeer Ahmed, Chaudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Syed Essa Nori, Rao Mohammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs, Minister for National Food Security and Research beside senior Officers from Ministry of National Food, Security and Research, Chairman PARC also.