ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to upgrade the agriculture sector through the use of modern technology, said Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam.
Chairing a conference on “Food Security vis-a-vis Sustainable Agriculture in Pakistan: Policy Outcomes and Prospects” on Wednesday, he said, “We can apply different methodologies to smaller areas that can be replicated on a larger scale upon success to multiply their benefits for the people.” The minister said that around 38% of the population was employed in the agriculture sector, “which increases the significance of this sector”.
“Traditional and non-traditional threats are interconnected.
Elaborating on the food security issue, Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan Resident Representative Steffen Kudella said “food security means everyone has access to sufficient and safe food even in times of crisis.” Citing a recent study, he said that food security was a serious challenge globally, “because many households suffer from food insecurity”.
The conference was jointly organized by the Centre for Global and Strategic Studies, Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan, and MNS University of Agriculture.
“The road to progress in terms of food security has been bumpy but improvements have been tremendous,” he said.