ISLAMABAD: The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) will meet in the federal capital on April 10 in order to review the Rabi crops production and fix the targets for Kharif for the crop season of 2018-19.
The major objective of this meeting is to enhance coordination to consolidate the profits and ensure further progress in all sectors of agriculture development.
On the agenda for the meeting is taking stocks of the production targets fixed for major and minor cash crops of Rabi season including wheat, gram lentil, potato, onions and tomatoes for fulfilling the domestic requirements as well as surveying the requirement for exportable goods.
The FCA would fix the set target for major Kharif crops including cotton, sugarcane, rice, maize and minor crops like moong pulse, mash, chillies and other seasonal oilseed crops, said an official of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
According to the official, the Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan would chair the high-powered meeting, whereas the senior officials of the provincial governments, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir would attend the meeting.
He further said that the provincial representatives would share the arrangements made by their respective governments for crops sowing during the season and their action plan to enhance per-acre crop output and efficient use of inputs during the season.
It is worth mentioning here that the FCA is a high powered federal committee on agriculture mandated to oversee strategic measures for ensuring the food security in the country and held its two meetings annually.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 9th, 2018.