Punjab Secretary Agriculture Wasif Khursheed informed while chairing a meeting to review activities under research department that 568 new varieties of various vegetables, fruits and crops had discovered so far under agriculture research department.
He directed Punjab research department to expedite research process further on discoveries of crops, vegetables and orchards by keeping in view environmental changes in Pakistan so that climate smart agriculture model could be given practical shape.
He issued directives to the agriculture research department to play its practical role in bringing agriculture revolution in a country through latest research activities.
He said that agriculture sector have much importance in the economy of Pakistan because agriculture has 20 percent part in country’s GDP.
He told that 44 percent of Punjab province population and 65 percent of rural population’s employment is linked with agriculture.
He further told that agriculture economy could be improved by promoting high value agriculture in the Punjab and added that promotion of agriculture sector in Punjab was on top in incumbent government’s priorities.
He said that agriculture policy has been approved by the government and implementation on uplift projects also been executed under it.
He directed the all formations of department to fully follow the guidelines issued by government regarding corona virus.