Imam: Modern tech key to self-sufficiency in food

Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam on Thursday said the use of latest technology in agriculture research was imperative to achieve self-sufficiency in food services.

The minister said that China had made rapid progress because of the use of modern technology. “Pakistan has the potential to achieve new heights of economic development and food security by using latest techniques, innovations, mechanization and modern technology especially in agriculture and livestock sectors to earn maximum capital,” he said.

“The country needs quality scientists and new researches in agricultural development. Great responsibilities rest on our scientists and PhD scholars of agriculture universities and colleges to prepare students for modern day challenges,” the minister added. Mr Imam said he had invited Chinese agricultural scientists to visit the country’s agriculture educational and research institutes to deliver lectures so that the students and young scholars could get more knowledge from their rich experiences.

He termed it welcoming that the soybean was being cultivated on about 1,500 to 2,000 acres areas in KP. He further said that 40,000 tonnes of flour was being provided in the markets across the country per day including 6,000-7,000 tonnes in KP.

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