PARC is Playing Vital Role in Development of Agriculture in the Country: Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Chairman, NA Standing Committee on NFS&R
Govt. Committed to Boost Agriculture Sector: Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for M/o NFS&R.
Islamabad (5th April, 2018)......... 44th Meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research (NFSR) was held at Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad. Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA/Chairman, NA Standing Committee on NFSR presided over the meeting.
The meeting was started with the recitation of Holy Quran. The committee confirmed the minutes of previous meeting of the committee held on 27th February, 2018. Comprehensive Report / implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee were also discussed in the agenda item of the Committee.
"The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill 2017” was also discussed & considered in the meeting of the Committee. National Food Security Policy and its approval from the Government was briefed by Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal Secretary for M/o NFS&R, Islamabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Chairman, NA Standing Committee on NFS&R said that Pakistan having huge potential in agriculture field which needed to be exploited for the progress of the country. Appreciating the PARC initiatives for agriculture development, he said that his committee would take every possible step to help promote PARC and consequently agriculture research culture.
On the occasion, Sikandar Hayat Bosan Federal Minister for M/o NFS&R said that Govt. of Pakistan Committed to boost agriculture sector and there are several areas where PARC can focus its research activities and that would ultimately result in the development of agriculture sector all across the country, adding that the country having potential and can perform better.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., Chairman, PARC said that the government should give agriculture a top priority as it is the backbone of country's economy. Agriculture sector not only absorbs major labor force but also works as backup industry for several other industries. He said that as compared to other regional countries, government spending on agriculture was minimum in Pakistan and despite this, the agriculture sector is producing promising results.
Director (PR&P) PARC
Edited by: Muhammad Fiaz Joyia
Director (SC&P) NARC