Imam Stresses to Enhance Agri-Sector

ISLAMABAD, Oct 06 (APP): Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam Wednesday stressed the need to upgrade the agriculture sector using modern technology and applying different methodologies on smaller areas that could be replicated on a larger scale upon success to multiply its benefits.
Food security threat has always existed; however, the dimensions of this threat have changed due to other factors particularly climate change, he said adding that Pakistan is the 10th largest country to produce agriculture commodities, at the same time, we are the 6th largest country by population.
Ashfaq Ahmed Gondal, former Federal Secretary of Information and Broadcasting and Vice President (Federal Region), Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), said that food security was directly related to agriculture and agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan. Imam addressed a conference on “Food Security vis-à-vis Sustainable Agriculture in Pakistan: Policy Outcomes and Prospects”, which was jointly organized by the Center for Global & Strategic Studies, Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan, and MNS University of Agriculture, Multan on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi, Provincial Minister of Punjab for Agriculture, Punjab said that as far as food security was concerned, it has always remained a threat to mankind. Steffen Kudella, Resident Representative, Hanns Seidel Foundation Pakistan, Speaking on the occasion said that food security means everyone has access to sufficient and safe food even in times of crisis.

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