Islamabad: (Parliament Times) “Agriculture in Pakistan needs an immediate restructuring revolution if the country has to scale to the next level in agriculture produce. In order to achieve this objective, Employers Federation of Pakistan has taken the pragmatic initiative to take on board agricultural experts and technologists to achieve this objective”. This was announced at a meeting in Lahore by Ismail Suttar, President EFP.
Ismail Suttar informed the meeting that EFP had formed the EFP Economic Council to focus on the overall economy of Pakistan. It has nearly 30 highly educated researchers and the vision is to ensure that research is applied for the progress of the country. He further informed that with the intensified commitment of agricultural experts, EFP would be in a position to present doable solutions to scale up the agriculture sector.
Malik Tahir Javed, Member EFP Board of Directors and Co-Chairman EFP Punjab, stated that this important meeting was convened to utilize the influence of EFP to address the various issues faced by farmers of Pakistan. He added that industrialists and manufacturers should get involved in agro-tech industries as well as ensure the success of the agriculture sector.
Majyd Aziz, Former President EFP, informed that when he was a member of the Board of Directors of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd, the Board had formed the Agriculture Technical Committee to highlight the issues and offer a new direction.
Shahid Qureshi, a leading Agro-Tech industrialist while giving his presentation, stated that new technology has to be introduced in seeds and crops. He also informed that Pakistan’s private sector is making and has made enormous strides in agriculture development. He appreciated the initiative of EFP and pledged his full support in this regard.
Zaki Ahmed Khan, Vice President EFP, presented a vote of thanks and said that this initiative is proof that EFP, which is the Apex Body of Manufacturers of Pakistan, is committed towards economic development and progress of economy of Pakistan.