Zero hunger program, Kissan Package to ensure availability of farm inputs

LAHORE: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Bosan attended Workshop on Advances in Agricultural Biotechnology and Regulatory Affairs as Chief Guest at F .C College Lahore.

“Holding of such a workshop is an important step in forging collaborations and for learning from each other”, said by the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research while addressing the participants of workshop.

He further added that sustainable agricultural productivity cannot be achieved without the input of modern science and technology including biotechnology. However, modern agriculture means a lot more than what meets the eye. It is based on latest knowledge grounded in research that introduces technologies with acceptability by the farmers.

This kind of transformation may be easy to discuss in a class room or a seminar but difficult to translate into action. A move from centuries old traditional methods to technology driven agricultural practices pose a huge challenge that needs extra ordinary effort by extra ordinary men & women who speak louder through actions than words. It is in this context that developments in Agricultural Biotechnology should be seen.

He further highlighted the establishment of Federal Food Safety Authority called NAPHIS will further facilitate development of all technologies related to food security.It will be brought up to the National Assembly for enactment very soon. He also informed the audience It is now well understood that food security cannot be achieved by only increasing agricultural productivity but it is affordability and accessibility that has to be ensured. In addition the nutrition component, which has been highlighted, must be taken care of if food security in its true sense has to be achieved.

He also highlighted that the Zero Hunger program and other projects such as Kissan Package are efforts to ensure exports and availability of farm inputs at affordable prices to uplift the plight of small farmers who constitute nearly 80% of the farms and to ensure that their nutrition and educational requirements are met.

The workshop was also attended by Dr. James Tebbe, Rector F.C.CollegeUniversity,Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative,Mr. Malik Zahoor, Senior Advisor MNFSR,Mr. Mohammad Mahmood, Secretary Agriculture Punjab And Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik.