LAHORE: Describing China as the most important friend of Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said the focus of his upcoming visit to China would be on acquisition of technology so that the country stood on its own feet and did not seek financial assistance from others. He expressed these views during a meeting with the Members of Provincial Assembly (MPAs) here.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan says boosting agricultural sector is a major plan of PTI government’s agenda.
Chairing a meeting on agriculture in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said Pakistan can greatly benefit from the Chinese expertise in the agriculture sector.
The Prime Minister was informed that the country’s agriculture has been stagnant for past many decades and little work was done to assist the farmers in crop diversification, enhancement of yields and mechanization of agriculture sector.
It was informed that research functions were totally ignored in the past resulting in overall deterioration of the sector. Low agricultural output resulted in greater reliance on import thus soaring up the import bill.
The Prime Minister was informed that the existing trend could be effectively checked and reversed with short-term measures and work on long-term strategy could be started immediately with concerted efforts of all stakeholders.
The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on the existing situation vis-à-vis wheat, rice and sugarcane crop along with a comparative analysis with the neighboring countries and other producers with regards to production, exports and imports.
The Prime Minister was informed that as part of PTI’s agenda of placing greater focus on the agriculture sector, various projects were being planned to increase crop yield and productivity, to shift focus towards exports and encouraging crop diversification.
The projects include increase in yields of major crops and adoption of oilseeds; optimum utilization of water resources; harnessing untapped potential of fisheries; restructuring of livestock business model; transforming agriculture produce markets and increasing access to finance for the farmers.
Expressing concern over the existing state of affairs, the Prime Minister said that boosting agricultural sector is a major plank of PTI government agenda. He said that there was a need to support farmers and help them in adopting best practices along with requisite support in provision of finances and mechanization process.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan could greatly benefit from the Chinese expertise in the agriculture sector. He said that strengthening of cooperation with China in agriculture would be one of the priority agenda of his forthcoming visit to China.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the government is working on a project to provide shelter to needy people, especially those, who are compelled to spend nights on roads and footpaths.
Talking to a delegation of World Memon Organization in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said first project of this kind is to be built in Lahore on state land, where travelers and needy people will be provided temporary shelter and two-time meal.
The Prime Minister asked the delegation that well-off people can start such kind of projects in Karachi.
He said the government will take benefit of Memon community’s experience and capacity for the development and progress of the country an improvement of social sector.
Imran Khan also lauded services of the Memon community in the social sector and for the development and progress of Pakistan.
The delegation congratulated Imran Khan for assuming office of the Prime Minister and said that his leadership is a ray of hope not only for Pakistan, but for the whole Ummah.
It said three million Memon community spread across the globe will play its due role in materializing Prime Minister’s vision for New Pakistan.
The delegation assured the Prime Minister that Memon community is with the government for the construction of five million housing units, besides supporting in health, education, and social sectors.
The community will also present a plan to the government for the establishment of incubation centers to promote information technology in the country. – Agencies