Economics & Business

Agricultural growth is solution for Pakistan’s Economic problems

Agriculture can solve most of Pakistan’s problem relating to poverty and hunger.

Pakistan like several other countries is suffering from food shortage regardless of lack of prudence of government in making policies for the growth of agriculture or the corruption factor. Since childhood we have been learning that Pakistan is an agriculturist economy and also were told to be self sufficient in several fields. To modernize and revitalize country’s agriculture one of government’s highest priorities However Pakistan is unfortunate enough not to have prudent leadership who could formulate policies for the growth of peasants and ultimately agriculture.

Washington; American president was a farmer and had his own farms; he himself grew and originated many breeds for the growth of agriculture sector. Even in India agriculture sector is meeting international standards and The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) bestowed its highest award, the Agricola Medal, on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his efforts to spur agricultural development and reduce hunger and poverty in India. According to the UN news website Mr. Singh had shown “exemplary vision and resolve” in promoting the growth of Indian agriculture, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said, as he presented the award in New Delhi during the first-ever Global Agro-Industries Forum.

According to statistics available The South Asian region is the world’s second largest agricultural producer after China. Pakistan has the same terrain and fertile land in Punjab and Sindh, however a deep understanding of Pakistan’s economy is a missing factor for our bureaucracy and feudal. United Nations news tells that over 60 per cent of the population is employed in agriculture and the sector accounts for 18.5 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

India is making growths in agriculture sector due to the farmer friendly policies of Indian Government and the flow of credit to Indian farmers had almost doubled in the last four years. In addition, horticultural production is set to double by 2012 while plans are underway to increase national rice, wheat and pulses production by 20 million tons, thus significantly improving domestic food security.

While India is being backed, praised and thanked by international organizations like The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for their efforts in agricultural growth in their country and contribution towards the global economical growth that includes the needs of vulnerable citizens, we are trying to coup up with the supply and demand of wheat and rice within our country. Despite the fact that Pakistanis are facing a shortage of wheat and prices are mounting with every single day, our industrialists are smuggling wheat to Afghanistan.

We need to adopt a collective responsible approach to make our agriculture sector grow along with industrial growth. Government should also adopt prudent polices foreseeing the demands of country and should come ahead to mitigate the corrupting elements from this department.

About the author

Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times


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