ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday was informed that the government had allocated huge funds to provide subsidized seeds to farmers in the flood-affected areas of the country.
Responding to a question, Parliamentary Secretary on National Food Security and Research Ahmad Raza Maneka said the Federal Government had sought the cooperation of provinces in facilitating the farmers with subsidized seeds.
Maneka said the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council was imparting scientific knowledge to the farmers to enhance agriculture production.
He said the prime objective of PARC was to promote research in the agriculture sector. The Council was consistently arranging seminars and symposiums to create awareness among the farmers regarding scientific upgradation in the agriculture sector.
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.