Reforms needed to revive country’s agriculture

Experts stress the need to revolutionise agriculture, at a seminar at LCCI


Our Correspondent February 15, 2018
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LAHORE: Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour as it carries equal significance for both businessmen and men of science and technology.

This was the crux of the speeches delivered at a seminar on ‘High-Value Agriculture’ on Wednesday at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). Experts said that there is a dire need for reforms in the agriculture sector and addition in cropped area. “We cannot afford to stay where we are today in terms of cropped areas and per hectare yield because we are already running short of per capita food availability,” they added.

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They said that the yield gap in the four major crops of Pakistan is three times more than the best producers in the world such as China and Egypt. The experts argued that low yield has contributed to poverty in rural areas besides forcing the country to import agriculture products to feed its population.

Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that the agriculture sector of Pakistan continues to be the single largest and dominant driving force for growth.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2018.

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