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Daily Custom Today

Published Date: Dec 10, 2014

Vision 2025 envisages tangible steps: Govt attaches great importance to food security: Boson

ISLAMABAD: The government attaches great importance to food security
and has taken a number of initiatives including agriculture and food
security policy with sharper focus on productivity enhancement, value
addition and ensuring better return to the farmers particularly small
farm holders.

Federal Minister for National Food Security Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan
stated this while addressing Food Security Session of Sustainable
Development Conference jointly organised by SDPI, FAO, and IFAD &

The minister claimed that Pakistan had made some remarkable progress
in different areas including agriculture and food security over the past

The minister said, with regard to the agricultural sector, Pakistan
was now producing enough food for its population and also exporting
significant quantities of various food commodities, including, rice,
fruits and livestock products.

Boson, however, emphasized the need for more strenuous efforts to
ensure every Pakistani had access to safe and nutritious food. This has
particularly been a challenge for the poor sections of the society, and
the problem has been exacerbated by various shocks, particularly the
frequent natural disasters.

The minister said that Pakistan’s joining of scaling up nutrition
(SUN) movement, and the initiation of national zero hunger and family
farming programme. Energy, water and food security are identified as one
of the seven important pillars in the Vision 2025 document announced by
the government where the aim is to reduce the proportion of food
insecure population (FIP) from 60% to 30%.

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