Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi has said that in line with the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, new agricultural markets are being established so that farmers get ease to sale of their commodities and consumers can also avail better facilities. He stated this after inaugurating the new market established under the first public private partner in Kamoke District Gujranwala. He said that present government after the establishment of Punjab Agricultural Marketing Regulatory Authority (PAMRA) was taking steps for improving the conditions of Agriculture Markets. So the farmers can also get better facilities at the same time. Under the PAMRA Act, registration of 146 markets have been completed. He said that agricultural markets across the province are being linked through the Information Technology system. In these model markets standard arrangements for cleanness and plantation are being completed. Fees schedule of market, commissions and daily rates are being labeled at distinguished places in these models markets. In addition to this, markets which were not operative are being opened across the province so that the number of markets can be increased, he added. In all this process transparency is key, he maintained.
The Minister Agriculture said that during the last financial year, the production of wheat reached 20.9 Million Tons for the first time in the history of Punjab province. The production of Maize, Potato, Sugarcane and Sesame has also increased.