Value-addition of agri products, important for development of sector : Minister


ISLAMABAD, April 17 (APP): Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan Wednesday said that agricultural sector has tremendous potential and stressed the need to facilitate farmers and encourage value addition to agricultural products to make it more profitable.

Chairing the 12th meeting of the Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA), the minister termed the agriculture sector as back-bone of economy and said “We need to adopt modern technologies, liberal marketing strategies and investor friendly policies to reap the real potential of this area.”

He said that FCA provided an important platform for the Federation to formulate a cohesive agricultural planning in consultation with all the stakeholders and strategic recommendations from this forum would help in finding solutions of the problems, faced by resource-poor farmers.

He said that Ministry of National Food Security and Research in collaboration with all the stakeholders, was committed to create enabling environment for ensuring food security in the country.

The minister at the outset reiterated the government’s commitment to facilitate farmers and enhance domestic agricultural production through introducing modern machinery, improved quality seeds, latest technologies and trainings.

The minister said that government was fully cognizant of the importance of agriculture based economic growth for micro-economic stability and development of the country and committed to create enabling environment for more investment along the value-chain of various agricultural products.

Source: VNS Islamabad