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News / Event Detail
Posted on: Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Centre for Policy Studies, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology invited Mr. Seerat Asghar, Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research for a talk on Pakistan’s food security situation and agricultural potential on 28 August 2015. The initiative was part of CPS’ efforts to promote dialogue between the policy makers, researchers, scientists and scholars. 

Mr. Asghar’s presentation provided a comprehensive account of various aspects related to food security. Highlighting the enormous potential of the agriculture and food sector, he pointed out that with slightly more focused strategy and resources in this area, Pakistan can not only tackle poverty but can achieve prosperity. He referred to the diverse regions in Pakistan which can be exploited and challenges of terrain can very easily be converted into opportunities. In this context he dealt with each sector of agriculture and food and briefed about various projects undertaken by the Government by using innovative techniques. The government was able to implement these proposals with the cooperation and support of the farming community as well as entrepreneurs. Mr. Asghar affirmed that by identifying dynamic leadership at all levels vision for invigorating the agriculture can be realized.

Mr. Asghar raised a pertinent question: Why investment in Agriculture? In this context he underscored the following;

  • Comparatively less investment is needed for developing this sector;
  • Agriculture consumes very little energy;
  • Pay-back period is short;
  • Agriculture constitutes the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and engages 43 % of Pakistan’s labour.

The presentation was followed by a stimulating interactive session where a number of issues generated productive discussion.