ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government would be set the country’s agriculture on scientific lines and in this connection they would be learn from Chinese expertise in the sector.

The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on the existing situation vis-à-vis wheat, rice and sugarcane crop along with a comparative analysis with the neighbouring countries and other producers with regards to production, exports and imports here on Tuesday.

Expressing concern over the existing state of affairs, the Prime Minister said that boosting agricultural sector is a major plank of PTI government agenda. He said that there was a need to support farmers and help them in adopting best practices along with requisite support in provision of finances and mechanization process.

The Prime Minister said that Pakistan could greatly benefit from the Chinese expertise in the agriculture sector. He said that strengthening of cooperation with China in agriculture would be one of the priority agenda of his forthcoming visit to China.

During the briefing Premier Khan was informed that the country’s agriculture has been stagnant for past many decades and little work was done to assist the farmers in crop diversification, enhancement of yields and mechanization of agriculture sector.

It was informed that research functions were totally ignored in the past resulting in overall deterioration of the sector. Low agricultural output resulted in greater reliance on import thus soaring up the import bill.

The Prime Minister was informed that the existing trend could be effectively checked and reversed with short-term measures and work on long-term strategy could be started immediately with concerted efforts of all stakeholders.

The Prime Minister was informed that as part of PTI’s agenda of placing greater focus on the agriculture sector, various projects were being planned to increase crop yield and productivity, to shift focus towards exports and encouraging crop diversification. The projects include increase in yields of major crops and adoption of oilseeds; optimum utilization of water resources; harnessing untapped potential of fisheries; restructuring of livestock business model; transforming agriculture produce markets and increasing access to finance for the farmers.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday said the government was working upon plans to provide shelter to helpless and destitute people who were forced to spend nights on footpaths.

Talking to a World Memon Organisation Prime Minister said that initially five shelters on the state land in Lahore would be constructed where the passengers and poor people would be temporarily facilitated with provision of roof and two-time meals.

The prime minister suggested that philanthropists could also launch a similar project in Karachi.

He opined that the government would get benefits from the experience and capacities of the Memon community for the progress and prosperity of the country and improvement of the social sector. The delegation felicitated the prime minister on assuming his office and said that he was a beacon of hope for the country and the whole Muslim Ummah.

Three million Memon community living across the globe, including one million in Pakistan, wanted to fully play its role for the achievement of the vision of the prime minister, the delegation added.

The delegation also supported the government in its project of construction of five million houses and expressed the desire to further contribute in the health, education and social services sectors.

For the promotion of information technology, the Memon Global Youth Community would present a plan to the government for the establishment of incubation centers.

The prime minister appreciated the role of Memon community in the development of the country especially in the social sector.