Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to bolster production of agriculture products in order to meet the requirements of growing population.
The prime minister said this while addressing a ceremony in Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday in connection with distribution of Kisan Cards amongst the farmers and inauguration of Command Area of Gomal Zam Dam and Pakistan Agriculture Research Council’s Arid Research Stations.
The prime minister said, “We have done all the planning to locally produce all the essential items including pulses and palm oil.” For this purpose, barren areas will be brought under cultivation, besides ensuring better management of water and promoting research in the agriculture field, he said.
Khan was confident that Pakistan, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, will witness revolution in olive production. He said Pakistan has the most suitable land for olive cultivation and it will be able to export it to earn foreign exchange.
The prime minister pointed out that it is the first time that work has been started on construction of ten dams which will significantly enhance the water storage capacity. He said the government is also focusing on primary education and the primary healthcare system to check the population growth.
He said, “We have waged a struggle for rule of law in the country in which they will succeed.” He said it is important to follow the principles of the State of Madina to become a great nation. He said, “We need to learn from the life and teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) to bring improvement in our life.”
In his remarks on the occasion, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan said that a food security policy has been prepared which will soon be presented in the provincial cabinet for approval. He said the agriculture sector has been prioritized to take the country forward.
Earlier, Prime Minister Khan inaugurated Pakistan Agriculture Research Centre (PARC) Arid Research Stations at DI Khan. The prime minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Federal Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs.
In the first phase, 200,000 farmers and agriculture growers out of 0.5 million registered farmers would receive Kisan Cards along with other agriculture facilities under the landmark programme of the PTI government in KP.