Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal has said that all possible steps would be taken to resolve the problems of farmers and improve the agricultural sector.
He made the assurance while talking to a five-member delegation of Pakistan Kisan Ittehad led by Central President Khalid Mehmood Khokhar which called on him on Tuesday and briefed him about the problems of farmers.
During the meeting, the participants discussed the support price of wheat, electricity tariff for tube-wells and measures for improvement of agriculture.
Talking to the delegates, Kamran Ali Afzal said that the Punjab government would ensure the availability of urea fertilizer for the wheat crop at a fixed price and it would safeguard the interest of farmers in any case. He said that the federal government would be approached to resolve the issues of farmers that pertain to the federation.
The delegation welcomed the efforts of the government for addressing the problems of the growers, besides proposing to set up a think-tank comprising agronomists for the betterment of the agriculture sector.
Khalid Mehmood Khokhar mentioned that the production cost of crops has increased manifold, saying that increase in support price of wheat and provision of electricity for tube-wells at less rates is necessary. He said that the agriculture sector is the backbone of the country’s economy, adding that if the farmer is prosperous the country would progress.
The delegation included Chaudhry Hassan Akram, Afaq Ahmed Tiwana, Rabia Sultan and Sardar Saeed Dogar.