Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned that elimination of elements involved in the trade of spurious agri medicines must be ensured in the province within next four months as farmers cannot be left at the mercy of such elements.
The Chief Minister was presiding over the first meeting of Punjab Agriculture Commission, on Wednesday which reviewed the pace of implementation of Kissan package and the steps for the welfare of farmers.
The Chief Minister said that he had promised to establish agriculture commission for the farmers which has been fulfilled like other promises and Punjab Agriculture Commission has been constituted by the government for the uplift of agriculture sector, prosperity of farmers and evolving of agriculture policy.
He said that Punjab Agriculture Commission will be autonomous and its separate secretariat will be set up. He said that government, in accordance with its promise, has given effective representation to farmers in agriculture commission. He said that this commission will be a milestone in welfare of cultivators and solution of their problems and decisions will be taken with the consultation of representatives of farmers’ organizations which will be immediately implemented.
The Chief Minister also issued instructions for setting up sub-committees for making the commission active and purposeful and said that sub-committees will be established with regard to food, livestock, irrigation and agriculture.
He directed that the most suitable persons should be selected for these sub-committees as this commission has to be made vibrant and active while agri policy is to be evolved on the recommendations of these committees.
The Chief Minister directed to set up a committee under the chairmanship of Vice Chancellor Agriculture University Faisalabad for devising agriculture policy and said that maximum representation will be given to the representatives of farmers associations in the committee on the pattern of agriculture commission so that consultation of all stakeholders should be ensured in the preparation of agriculture policy.
He said that construction of modern silos is necessary for controlling wastage of grain worth billions of rupees.