Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jehanian Gardezi on Saturday said that top quality seed and precision farming were vital for enhancing production of different crops.

Speaking on a ceremony in connection with mechanical cultivation of paddy at Kabirwala, some 40 kilometre away from Multan city, Gardezi said that precision farming was very important to reduce inputs expenses and improve productivity.

The government was taking different steps to empower farmers economically. Recently, the country witnessed record production of wheat, maize, sugarcane and rice.

“The government was focusing on all issues, creating trouble against bumper production of different crops,” the minister said, adding that the farmers were being given subsidy of Rs260 million on provision of modern machinery.

Similarly, biological control of pests was also being focused, Gardezi remarked.

“Biological control will also help reduce use of pesticides,” he added. “Pakistani rice is the top choice of people across the globe, the minister said, adding that the country was earning huge revenue by exporting rice.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2021.

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