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PM Imran launches Kisaan Portal for 'improvement in lives of small farmers'

15 اکتوبر 2021
The move will help the farmers to get their problems resolved on priority basis. Radio Pakistan
The move will help the farmers to get their problems resolved on priority basis. Radio Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said his vision for the promotion of the agriculture sector was focused on bringing improvement in the lives of small farmers and resolving their grievances on priority.

Addressing the launch of Kisaan Portal, at the Pakistan Citizen Portal, he assured the farmers that the government would stand by them, as he believed that “serving the farming community was in fact a service to Pakistan”.

In a historic move, Kisaan Portal will provide farmers a platform to register their grievances at the Pakistan Citizen Portal. The step will help the farmers to get their problems resolved on priority basis, the Prime Minister Office said.

A total of 123 dashboards have been set up at the federal and provincial levels under the Kisaan Portal.

Speaking on the ocassion, Khan said his government was focusing on agricultural research particularly seed development to increase the yield of crops.

Also, he said, the yield of the dairy sector in the developed world was six times higher than in Pakistan and emphasized development to boost production in this sector.

He stressed the importance of water conservation to ensure ample supply to farmers for irrigation purposes. "The construction of 10 big dams is an unprecedented step taken by the government," he said, adding the work on several projects was underway which aimed at addressing water needs of the country, the common man and the farmers.

The prime minister said across the world, the agriculture sector had an insurance cover. "Kisaan card will enable small farmers to get financial support in case their yield was damaged from natural calamities," he added.

Talking about the continuous depreciation of Pakistani rupee, the premier said the pressure on the currency was temporary and it would be over soon.

He said the price of palm oil had become almost doubled in the international market and had a negative impact on the rates in Pakistan.

The prime minister said with the government’s efforts, the country would witness a revolution in the production of soya bean, olive oil and avocado.

He said training programmes for farmers were on the cards, while with the assistance of China the farmers will be guided to opt better techniques.

In his address, Khan said Pakistan was blessed with natural resources and they could result in a boom in the agriculture sector, if utilized properly through scientific means.

PM’s Special Assistant Jamshed Iqbal Cheema said under the government’s initiative, the farmers would get subsidies on seeds, fertilizers and the purchase of agricultural machinery.

He said the government was focusing on rural development as it wanted to uplift farmers and give them better support prices for their products.

"The budget for the agriculture sector has been doubled at federal and provincial levels," he said.