Agriculture main engine of economic growth -Hafeez Shaikh

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Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has said that the government is giving an unprecedented focus on the growth of agriculture sector , by allocating huge funds for its growth as the PM thinks that agriculture is main pivot to economic growth.
He said this while talking to various stakeholders, including office-holders of APTMA, PCGA, Kissan Ittehad and others who met the Adviser at the Ministry of Finance on Thursday to discuss ways for ensuring competitive prices for the cotton farmers for their produce in the coming season.
“Only last week the government approved projects worth Rs 250 billion for the uplift of agriculture sector with focus on enhancing crop productivity and improving the means and resources for better farming”, he added.
Dr. Hafeez Sheikh said that the government was fully aware of the difficulties being faced by cotton growers in getting better prices which not only offset their cost of production but also provide them with incentives to use more inputs and increase the crop area for enhanced productivity. “The government is actively considering various options and hopefully we have an arrangement which addresses the concerns of cotton growers and helps them fetch good prices for their produce,” he said.
He also asked the APTMA, PCGA and stakeholders to hold meetings with the officials of FBR and the Commerce Ministry to discuss their issues and finalise realistic proposals within the next few days to help the government take a decision that could address the concerns of all stakeholders, particularly the cotton growers in getting better prices in the upcoming season.
Federal Minister for National Food Security& Research , Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production and Investment Abdul Razaq Dawood, Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman FBR, and senior officials of Finance Division were also present.