Punjab making efforts to minimise role of middlemen

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APP December 31, 2021


Nearly 132 agriculture markets of Punjab have being inter-linked to ensure reasonable prices of crops to farmers, said Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi.

Speaking to APP on Thursday, the minister said that a change was being brought to the system of agriculture markets to ensure that farmers received a reasonable price for their produce.

“The Kisan Portal and Mandi mobile application have been introduced to maintain a record of fee collection in the agriculture markets,” said Gardezi.

He highlighted that additional efforts were being made to minimise the role of middle man to facilitate farmers. Moreover, maximum tree plantation was being ensured at model markets under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the minister stressed.

“Special arrangements have been made to prevent encroachments in markets and market fee schedule, commission and rates will be displayed on regular basis,” he remarked.

State land worth over Rs38 billion has been retrieved for these markets while a model market was being constructed at Lakhodair at a cost of Rs5 billion. The minister added that for the purpose, latest machinery was being arranged and utilised.

He highlighted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was focusing on the agriculture sector because it was the backbone of Pakistan’s economy.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2021.

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