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GILGIT TO BE NEXT AGRICULTURAL HUB

Development of the agriculture sector was among the top priorities of the government and the prime minister’s Agriculture Transformation Plan was a revolutionary initiative to shift conventional agriculture to the next level; commercial agriculture, said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Food Security Jamshed Iqbal Cheema. Addressing a seminar, he said that the government policy of agricultural transformation is not only for food security of the country but also addresses the physical nutritional needs of every citizen of Pakistan. He said that there was a dire need to improve nourishment of humans and animals in the country.

Cheema said that the government was allocating different districts for different crops under which the problem of water would also be controlled and imports would be reduced by increasing the production of agricultural commodities. Highlighting the prime minister’s policy on agricultural transformation, he said that Pakistan would eliminate soybean imports by 2024 and Gilgit would be the next agricultural hub of Pakistan under this policy. He appealed to the faculty and students of the university to go beyond facilitation and promote applied research, bring new quality products to the market, create new and good seeds and invent cheap ways to save water. Sustainable Development Policy Institute Executive Director Abid Qaiyum Suleri said that the coronavirus epidemic had created a crisis of health, economy and malnutrition in the world, which had severely affected even a strong economic country like the United States. As a result of the successful strategy of the government, Pakistan survived these three crises. Highlighted the importance of the relationship between education and industry, he said that both were the guarantors of Pakistan’s development. Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources Chairman Dr Muhammad Ashraf said most of the water was used for agriculture in Pakistan which was depleting the country’s water resources and needed to be addressed on a war footing. He said that to solve the water problem, the regional distribution of crops in the country also needed to be strictly adhered to. PMAS-AAUR- Vice Chancellor Dr Qamaruz Zaman informed the gathering that PMAS-AAUR had already launched various programs in and offer short courses in Khushab under the government’s Successful Youth Program. which would not only provide employment to the youth but also moderate the agriculture sector.