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Use of modern tech in agriculture key for better production.

Byline: Salim Ahmed

Lahore -- Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour which carries equal significance for both the businessmen and the men of science and technology.

It was upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on 'High Value Agriculture' here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Ceo Yuksel Seeds, Turkey Mr. Yaqub Yuksel, Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Mechanized and High Value Agriculture Mian Shafqat Ali, Ex-vice Chancellor Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmed, Dr. Khawaja Asif, Mian Shaukat Ali, Faisal Iqbal Sheikh and Naeem Hanif also spoke on the occasion.

The experts said that there is a dire need for reforms in agriculture sector and addition in cropped area as we cannot afford to stay where we are today in terms of cropped areas and per hectare yield because we are already running well short of per capita food availability.

They said that yield gap in the four major crops of Pakistan is three times from the best producers in the world such as China and Egypt.

They said that low yield has contributed to the poverty in rural areas besides forcing country to import agriculture produces to feed its population.

The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that the agriculture sector of Pakistan continues to be the single largest and dominant driving force for growth which contributes almost 19.5% in Gross Domestic Product.

It is the main source of livelihood for 42.3% of total labour force despite this fact that agriculture mechanization in Pakistan is very limited.

He said that area under cultivation for important crops account for 23.85% of the value added in overall agriculture. Wheat accounts for 9.6% of the total value added in agriculture and cotton production was 10.67 million bales. For the sake of increasing the share of agriculture sector in GDP, the present area of cultivation has to be increased on war-footing basis.

Malik Tahir Javaid said that due to lack of technology usage in agriculture sector, we face the problem of crops yields gaps.

The average yields production in the agriculture sector of Pakistan is far below the level of those countries that use the technology in their agriculture sector. The level of yields of different crops is 50% to 83% lower than the average of other countries of the world.

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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
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Date:Feb 15, 2018
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