Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Food Security Jamshaid Iqbal Cheema said agriculture sector development and prosperity of the farming community was top priority of the government.

“The government is introducing Kissan Card in order to bring more efficiency and transparency in farmer friendly policies,” he said, and added that due to these policies and subsidy scheme, the prices of different fertilizers remained stable.

“Farmers received Rs2,708 billion for their produces, which was higher by Rs680 billion as against the receiving of financial year 2018,” he said.

The special assistant said during the tenure of the incumbent government, farmers get Rs1,100 billion additional income from five major crops and milk production.

In the current season, growers expected to receive Rs500 billion more as compared to last season, since wheat output was likely to reach a historic high of 28 million tons.

He attributed the progress in agriculture sector to the pro-farmer policies of the current government.

“Government had fixed minimum support price of wheat at Rs1,800 per 40kg, which was equal to international markets rate and would encourage local grain production.”