Dated:2017-7-3

VISIT OF THE FEDERAL MINISTER FOR NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY AND RESEARCH ROME, 03-08 JULY 2017

Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research is currently visiting Rome to participate in the 40th Session of the FAO Conference.

Speaking at the Conference, the Minister appreciated the FAO partnership with Pakistan over the last 60 years. He stated that climate change and natural disasters pose challenges to the food situation in the world. He welcomed the alignment of FAO’s strategic objectives with the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

He stated that food security is one of the key priority areas for the Government of Pakistan and is also part of its vision 2025. Speaking on Pakistan’s economy, the Minister stated that agriculture contributes over 20% to the national GDP and employs nearly 45% of the work force. Today, Pakistan is surplus in many agricultural commodities including wheat, rice, sugar, maize, potato and many horticultural commodities like citrus and mango.

He informed that the dairy sector in Pakistan has grown during the recent years. The government has given priority to improve sanitary and phyto-sanitary regulations (SPS) that have enabled successful export of Pakistan’s agricultural commodities during the last four years.  He also spoke about the focus of the government to support small farmers and promote small scale innovative technologies. Pakistan aims for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to provide safe and nutritious food to local and foreign consumers.

The Minister assured the Director General of Pakistan’s support to the FAO in pursuing of its agenda for international agricultural development around the world.