Business: Govt. urged to invite international agriculture experts for providing help to farmers

Islamabad: CEO Harvest Tradings Ahmad Jawad on Friday stressed upon the need for adopting modern farming techniques and shifting its focus from conventional agriculture methodology. While talking to a group of growers belong to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) he called upon the government to invite international agriculture experts for providing help to country small farmers.

According to a press release he said that lack of research, insufficient funds allocations and discouragement to domestic crop varieties are among few major impediments in the development of agriculture. Strong public institutions, better research and policies that explore the potential of ignored commodities such as dairy products and horticulture could help improve Pakistan’s agriculture growth, he suggested.

He said that private sector can only supplement and support, but when we talk about national coverage for 3 million small commercial farmers we need a strong public sector. He said that Pakistan could learn from India’s experiment with urban industry. The growth of large-scale goods and urban services industry as a result of Manmohan Singh’s economic policies in the 1990s did not pull agriculture sector because of weakened public institutions.

He said that its time to put focus on unexplored potential of dairy industry and horticulture sector to push the overall agriculture growth rate as opposed to only focusing on the growth rate of wheat crop. Jawad proposed that international agriculture experts must be invited to find ways and means for increasing per yield production, proper trainings and help us to curtail post harvest losses.

He mentioned that in 60s the sector grew at a fast pace in Pakistan, but in the 70s and early years of 21st century it recorded a decline. This underlines the need for undertaking reforms at the micro level to develop this sector, he added.