The federal minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam, Monday, said that encouraging the agriculture sector for quality production and value addition was an important pillar of our national strategy. Realizing the potential of agriculture and taking cognizance of the challenges related to agriculture, the present government has introduced “Prime Minister Agriculture Emergency Programme” worth Rs 277 billion to revolutionize the agriculture and livestock sectors” he said while addressing UKAID and SDPI meeting on ensuring food security through the use of technology. In addition, the program also includes establishing new agriculture markets which will protect farmers from the exploitation of middlemen. He said that the program’s vision is “food secure Pakistan, based on modern and efficient food production and distribution systems, can best contribute towards global stability and peace”. The Government’s focus on the adoption of new and emerging technology in the agriculture sector is expected to improve agriculture production and sustainability which ultimately help in achieving food security.
It was noted that the world has been facing a paradox of widespread food insecurity and malnutrition amid net food surpluses. Increased food supplies do not automatically enhance access to food especially by the poorer groups of society. Food Minister said that according to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan the right to food is one of the Fundamental Rights and Principles of Policy. Despite a strong agricultural base, the country fares poorly with respect to indicators of food security.