LAHORE : Pakistan needs to shift its focus from conventional agriculture methodology to modern farming techniques to curtail post-harvest losses as well as ensure proper wheat storages at production areas. Harvest Trading CEO Ahmad Jawad told APP here Monday that modern cold storages, testing laboratories and conducting local trainings were the need of the hour, as country’s agriculture products’ share was meagre in the fast growing high-price super markets.

“It’s time to focus on the unexplored potential of dairy industry and horticulture sector to push the overall agriculture growth rate,” he added.

Ahmad Jawad proposed that international agricultural experts must be invited to find ways and means for increasing per acre yield, proper training in crop management besides promoting and reactivating agricultural research institutions.

To a question, he said that currently, Pakistan’s sugarcane and non-basmati yield was 40 percent and wheat and cotton yield was 20 percent lower than global benchmarks while milk production per animal was 90 percent lower.

He recalled that in the 60s, Pakistan’s agriculture sector grew at fast pace but in the 70s and early 21st century, it recorded a decline, which underlined the need for undertaking reforms at micro level to revamp the vital sector.

The Harvest Trading CEO said that Pakistan could not become an agriculture country in the true sense until conventional agricultural methods were replaced with modern farming techniques and hybrid technology.