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Pakistan Flood Affected Areas Require 2.99 Millon Seed Bags For Rabi crops

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Flood affected areas across the country need 2.99 million seed bags to fulfill the requirements of upcoming Rabi season, Commissioner Food Security ministry of National Food Security and Research informed a meeting held here at the National Flood Response and Coordination Center (NFRCC) on Wednesday.

The meeting chaired by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal was informed that around four million acres of cultivatable area have been affected by flood across the country.

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz, provincial secretaries of agriculture and other concerned officials also participated in the meeting

The Rabi crop, especially the cultivation of wheat and the measures regarding the supply of subsidy-based seeds were reviewed in the meeting.

The forum was also apprised of the progress made so far on the NFRCC web portal and dashboard.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal directed that the requirement of the respective areas and the types of seeds should be determined in advance.

Furthermore, he said relief activities in the flood affected areas should be expedited due to the arrival of winter beisdes immediately finalizing mechanism for procurement of subsidy based seeds and distribution at district level.

He said the provincial governments should confirm about the availing of subsidy-based seeds as soon as possible.

There should be no delay in delivering seeds to farmers for the Rabi crop, he said adding that the delay would increase the issue of food security in the country

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