CM announces Rs100 billion for development of agri sector

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has announced Rs100 billion for growth and development of the agriculture sector in the province.

He made this announcement while addressing a “Punjab Agriculture Conference 2016” at a local hotel on Saturday.

Shehbaz Sharif said education, research and planners were needed for enhancing per acre yield of crops. He added that modern technology and cheap agri inputs were vital to increase yield of crops.

Shehbaz Sharif said the aim of Punjab Agriculture Conference 2016 was that all working groups, including academia, small and big farmers, sit together and come up with recommendations so that in light of which improvement and betterment could be ensured to boost agriculture in the province.

A meeting of these working groups would be convened on April 3 or 4 and further things would be discussed, he added.

The chief minister announced that a Kisan Commission was being formed and he himself would chair it and its meeting would be held in every second or third month.

The chief minister said $ 36 billion would be utilized for different energy projects out of the total investment of $ 46 billion given by China.

He said most of these power generation projects would complete by 2017 and 2018 after which electricity would be available in abundance at cheap rate.

After the completion of 3,600 MW power project which would run on gas, electricity would be available at a cheap rate and the work in this regard was in progress, he added.

Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed said due to climatic changes at global level farmers were facing problems and were not getting due profit of their crops.

He said: “Keeping in view climate change conditions and local conditions we have to bring innovation and new policy to cope with existing challenges.”

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said completion of power generation projects would bring about a positive change in the country adding that the Punjab Chief Minister had always served the masses with honesty and sincerity.

He said the PML-N had faced strict accountability in history of the country and hurdles should not be created through sit-ins and rallies.

Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari and Karam Bandial also spoke.