APC agrees to support PKI’s charter of demand

Islamabad—All Party Conference on Agricultural Disaster was held in Islamabad wherein all political parties unanimously supported the charter of demand of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) and demanded to Prime Minister to immediately take action to save farmers and agriculture of Pakistan.
On behalf of Federal Government, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, on behalf of Punjab, Provincial Agriculture Minister Dr. Furrukh Javed, Punjab Govt. Spokesperson Zaeem Qadri, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Vice Chairman PTI Shah Mahmood Qureshi, MQM Leader Dr. Farooq Sattar, PML-Q Tariq Bashir Cheema and Pakistan Kissan Ittehad Central President Khalid Mahmood Khokhar and other speakers addressed the participants of the conference. President PKI presented the charter of demand of farmers of Pakistan. All Kissan Associations, Stakeholders, policy makers, researchers, high Govt officials and media participated in the APC.
Speaking on the occasion, the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that the Federal Government taking steps for reducing cost of agriculture production and improving the marketing mechanism for promotion and improvement of agriculture sector in Pakistan.
Highlighting the efforts of government with regard to promotion of agriculture, he said present govt passed seed amendment bill and also approved plant breeder bill. He said after devolution of power, provinces were authorized to resolve the agriculture issues and worked for the promotion of this sector.
He said there should be no politics on agriculture. All parties come up and sit together to work to resolve the problems of farmers and for the improvement of this sector as it is backbone for our country’s economy. He said we should also pay attention on livestock, horticultural crops and value additions that are also profitable activities. Farmers adopt new cropping pattern to increase their production.
Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr. Furrukh Javed and Punjab Government spokesman Zaim Qadri have also supported 70% of charter of demand. On this occasion Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said Govt and opposition sit together to solve the problems of farmers and for long term planning for agriculture development. He said agriculture sector should be given priority. He also said during the Govt of PPP farmers were accommodated.
PTI Chairman Imran Khan said Govt should invest more in agricultural research for future development of this sector.—PR

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