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WB, Punjab govt review agri sector development

LAHORE: The first meeting of the Punjab government and World Bank’s joint steering committee reviewed the planned roadmap for development of agriculture sector and ensuring prosperity of rural areas.

Chaired by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif it approved various recommendations for improved farm research, seed development, barns for wheat storage and better use of water by the sector.

Mr Shahbaz termed these initiatives the need of the hour and welcomed technical assistance of the World Bank for boosting yields, bringing stability in economics and guidelines for best usage of water resources.

He said he hoped that the project would help equip the farm sector with latest trends.

He said that smart market reforms and amalgamated services for cultivators on their doorsteps would produce positive results.

The CM said that international and local seed company cooperation would be expanded in order to escalate involvement of private sector in agriculture research and to provide cultivators with state-of-the-art seed technology.

He said the steering committee would meet every month to keep the project on track and its completion in time.

Mr Sharif presided over another meeting in which implementation of Kissan Package and provision of interest-free loans to small cultivators were reviewed.

He said the proposal for setting up the Small Farms Development Corporation would soon be given a final shape.

A delegation of transport unit of Istanbul municipality headed by Mukremin Kara called on the chief minister and discussed ideas regarding upgrading traffic system, traffic re-engineering, improved parking plans, traffic planning and cooperation in road engineering in Lahore and other congested mega cities.

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