Boost production via mechanization: Fakhar

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Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFS&R), Syed Fakhar Imam has said that the government is paying special attention on uplift of the agriculture sector and to increase the agricultural production through mechanization.

This was stated by him while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Chief Secretary’s Office, Civil Secretariat here on Friday.

The meeting reviewed measures for improvement of agricultural sector in the province, sowing targets of wheat, prices and availability of fertilizers.

Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal, Federal Secretary National Food Security Tahir Khursheed, the provincial secretaries of departments of agriculture and food, Chairman PITB and officers concerned attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, Syed Fakhar Imam said that innovation was being brought in the field of agriculture by using technology and production of wheat, rice, cotton and other crops has increased this year due to effective steps taken by the government.

Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal said that 97 percent of target of wheat sowing has been achieved in Punjab.

He said that ample stocks of wheat are available in the province, adding that the prices of fertilizers are under control and its supply has also improved.

The meeting was briefed that in line with the vision of the Prime Minister, the Punjab government has issued farmer cards to provide direct subsidy to the growers and through this initiative a subsidy of billions of rupees.

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