Pakistani goods generally lack the quality. Hence the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday said that the government is taking strict actions to strengthen the quality control system for import and export of the agricultural goods.
While addressing the agriculture scientists on the World Food Day “Family Farming: Feeding the world, Caring for the Earth” at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), MNFS&R, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations Pakistan, World Food Programme (WFP), OXFAM and International Alert said that improving the quality control will strengthen the Pakistani commodities in terms of its quality and cost.
World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October almost in 150 countries of the world on foundation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. Mr Sikandar Hayat said that Pakistani agricultural goods have great potential in them but what they require is government’s strong commitment, availability of sufficient resources and a strong long term policy for implementation of resources.
He said that Pakistan has a surplus of fruits, wheat, rice and horticulture products .It produces not only to meet its domestic need but also for export. Pakistan is the world 5th largest producer of milk, 4th largest producer of cotton, 5th largest producer of sugarcane, 8th largest producer of wheat.
Wheat production in Pakistan has raised and has crossed 25 million tons which is sufficient not only to provide wheat to its people but also available for export. Similarly it has surplus rice and of that it exports 2 million tons of rice to earn foreign exchange .There are total 8.34 million farm households that are contributing to the agriculture production of Pakistan and invariably contributing to this year’s theme.
The Ministry is trying its best to bring Pakistan as the biggest mangoes exporter. Food Security problem which is being faced by the many countries like Pakistan have to be resolved.
Syed Moazzam Ali, Joint Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, read out the message of President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Dr Sajid Mustafa, Director PGRI-PARC read out the message of Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Francisco Gamarro, Acting FAO Representative-Pakistan read out the message of the Director General FAO-Rome and Peter Scott-Bowden, Acting Country Director WFP-Pakistan read out the message of Executive Director WFP.
A film on the family farming in Peru, Bangladesh, Jordan and other countries was also shown to the participants. An Exhibition on innovations to increase the food production methods was also organized where Federal Minster NFSR and other dignitaries were visited.