ISLAMABAD: Fearing that prevailing food inflation would derail the prospects of the country’s economic growth, members of a parliamentary committee urged the government on Thursday to holistically address the structural, operational and policy issues to accelerate the country’s agricultural exports.
Without meaningful interventions, modernisation and structural transformation of the agriculture sector and food inflation cannot be brought under control, members of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products observed during a meeting.
It was said that higher cost of production, low level of farms productivity, lack of research in seed development and infrastructural bottlenecks precludes Pakistan’s quest for enhanced agricultural export value and competitiveness.
The sub-committee of the special committee led by MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan was tasked to focus on the problems of the agricultural exporters and make recommendations to eliminate the hindrances to enhancing the country’s export value.
NA Speaker Asad Qaiser had initiated a series of meetings of the special committee to zero-in on the challenges of agro-economy.
All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association, Rice Exporters Association, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of National Food Security & Research and the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council briefed the special committee on the challenges of exporting rice, fruits and vegetables.