Agricultural sector indispensable: minister

Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi, minister of state for industries and production, claimed that every effort is being made to promote rural development-driven economic growth.

This is done by boosting financial inclusion in the agriculture sector to enhance productivity and exports, he said on Friday during the closing ceremony of a five-day international training course on productivity gainsharing in agribusiness firms. The National Productivity Organization (NPO) and Asian Productivity Organization organised the event together (APO). The APO is an association of 21 Asian nations that supports socioeconomic growth in the area. Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam are among its members.

According to the minister, the agricultural sector is crucial to the nation’s economic development, food security, creation of jobs, and reduction of poverty, particularly in rural areas.

According to Qureshi, “the government is closely monitoring key crops, formulating policies, and planning interventions to ensure uninterrupted supply of basic food items at affordable prices in the country.” He also expressed interest in improving the productivity of the agriculture sector based on mutual learning and demonstrating how APO member countries can cooperate for innovation and development.