Federal body on Agriculture to meet by March end



The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) would meet by end of current month (March) in order to set the targets of Kharif crops and review the output of Rabi crops during the season.
The high powered committee on agriculture would take stock of output of Rabi crops including wheat, pulses, oil seeds and situation of other minors crop of the season as well as it would fix the cultivation targets of Kharif crops like cotton, maize, sugarcane and rice, said an official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. While talking to APP here on Monday, he said that the committee would also fix production targets of other minor crops including pulses, chillies and vegetables to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as for exporting the commodities.
The meeting would be presided over by Minister for National Food Security and Research Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar while representatives of the food and agriculture departments of all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir would also attend the meeting and present their respective proposals and crop cultivation plan and areas for different crop production during the season, he added.
Meanwhile, the representatives of other concerned departments including Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Pakistan Meteorological Department would apprise the meeting about the water availability for irrigation and weather forecast during the season, he said adding that the representatives of State Bank of Pakistan, National Bank, Zari Taraqiatie Bank.—APP

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