Senate body to look into disbursement of agri credit

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Muhammad Arshad

Islamabad

Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, Wednesday, decided to look into the matter of disbursement of agricultural credit by banks as per targets set by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
In this regard, committee formed a sub-committee to hold detailed discussions with the stakeholders and report back to main committee.
The matter was raised by Senator Mohsin Legahri stating non-availability of agricultural credits is main hindrance for small growers and hence the agricultural sector. The meeting of the Committee was held with Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah in the Chair at the Parliament House on Wednesday. The sub-committee constituted will be convened by Senator Mohsin Leghari with Senators Hamza and Zafarullah Dhahndla as its members.
The sub-committee will be examining the issue of disbursements of agricultural credits by ZTBL and other banks whether the targets of disbursements of agricultural credits are being met, whether said disbursements are equitable among geographical areas and whether these agricultural credits reach the doorsteps of small growers.
The Committee meeting also discussed the supplementary question referred to the committee by the House on the issue of movement/restriction of fertilizer (urea) in Balochistan and Khayber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was told by Secretary National Food Security that there is no restriction on part of the ministry and the matter needs to be taken up with Federal Interior Ministry and provincial Home Departments. The Chairman Committee asked the Secretary to write these authorities as well as get feedback from Urea distributors and manufacturers about their view on the matter and submit a report to the Committee within a week.
Regarding regularization of petition officers/officials of project titled, ‘Up-gradation & Establishment of Animal Quarantine Stations’ the committee directed the Ministry of National Food Security to communicate the progress to the project employees asking them to follow the devised procedure.