June 19, 2013
Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed has directed the provincial agriculture department to take effective steps for developing commodity markets of the province on latest lines and enhancing agricultural produce exports. He was speaking at a meeting of senior officers of departments of agriculture and livestock, exporters of agricultural commodities and growers held at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) here on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by the Punjab Agriculture Secretary Momin Agha, Secretary Livestock Muhammad Irfan Elahi, Additional Secretary Ameer Khattak, Director General Livestock Dr Muhammad Nawaz Saeed and Co-ordinator supply chain improvement project Kashif Jamshed. Exporters and growers came from across the province apprised the minister about impediments in the way of increasing production in agriculture and livestock sectors and enhancing agri produce exports.
They demanded immediate steps to enhance shelf life of agricultural produce especially of fruits and vegetables so as to earn precious foreign exchange for the country. Secretary Livestock Muhammad Irfan Elahi informed the meeting that a new law is being enacted for cattle markets which will be enforced soon. Secretary Agriculture said that a detailed meeting of producers and exporters will soon be convened to set export targets of different agricultural products and to devise a strategy for achieving these targets. He also directed the officials to resolve the issues in the way of enhancing livestock and agricultural exports. He also called for taking measures to enhance production of citrus and mangoes and removing impediments in the way of their exports.