Parvez Elahi draws govt’s attention to farmers
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.–File photo
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that 88 percent of Pakistan’s total population is associated with agriculture and any step to facilitate this sector would facilitate the entire country.
He said that he as Punjab chief minister exempted farmers owning less than 12.5 acres from tax. He said this while addressing the first meeting of the Punjab Assembly’s Special Committee on Agriculture here on Friday. The meeting was attended by MPAs Malik Nadeem Kamran, Malik Mohammad Ahmad Khan, Sajid Khan Bhatti, Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Syed Usman Mehmood, Mian Shafi Mohammad, Mian Manazir Ranjha, Raja Yawar Kamal, Nawabzada Waseem Khan, Miss Sonia, Agriculture Secretary Dr Wasif Khurshid, Punjab Assembly Secretary Mohammad Khan Bhatti and Parliamentary Affairs DG Inayatullah Lak.
Parvez Elahi said that National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on March 16, 2019 formed a Special Committee on Agriculture, which held numerous meetings. Asad then formed a sub-committee and signed an agreement with agriculture universities of the country, including Faisalabad Agriculture University, to help the committee on different matters.
MPA Mian Manazir Ali Ranjha said that dams should be built in the Potohar region and rainwater should be saved. He said that Parvez Elahi announced a flat rate of water tax for framers to increase revenue.
MPA Mian Shafi Mohammad said that a subsidy of Rs 7.5 billion for farmers, which was frozen, should be released at the earliest.
Ahmad Ali Aulakh said that Pakistan is an agricultural country and special attention should be paid to this sector. MPA Sajid Khan Bhatti said that other institutions relating to food, livestock and agriculture should give a briefing so that people know their problems. MPA Malik Nadeem Kamran said there was a dearth of research here. MPA Usman Mehmood said the agriculture department should pinpoint the problems before solving them so that better policies are made.
Later, the speaker directed Agriculture Secretary Dr Wasif Khurshid to prepare a briefing on problems related to the agriculture sector in one week.