The minister told the meeting that the Punjab govt was to reform the agricultural market system and encouraging the establishment of new private markets for the benefit of farmers.
The Punjab Agriculture Minister presided over a meeting of the Punjab Agricultural Marketing Regulatory Authority (PAMRA) Board in Lahore. Mohsin Abbas Shakir, Director General of PAMRA, and other board members were also present. The provincial agriculture minister told the meeting that the Punjab government was to reform the agricultural market system and encouraging the establishment of new private markets for the benefit of farmers.
He stated that the government is focusing on the functionality of uninhabited private agriculture markets so that business activities can begin in these markets. The Provincial Minister directed DG PAMRA to improve the grading and packaging system of Badami Bagh Mandi and to maintain cleanliness on a daily basis.
The market’s operations should be guided by a financial model in order to generate revenue. He issued orders to form sub-committees to solve market management, receipts, and Artiyaans problems. All arrangements should be completed to keep agricultural markets free of illegal encroachment, he added, and the schedule of market fees, commission, and daily rates should be displayed prominently.
Minister also stated that new fruit and vegetable markets are being established, preferably near the village, to ensure that farmers have no difficulty selling their produce. Earlier, DG PAMRA briefed the meeting in detail on agricultural market legal, marketing, auction, and receipts issues.
Farming has been shown to lift people out of poverty and significantly reduce unemployment rates in many impoverished areas and developing countries. According to studies, investment in this sector benefits the economy in terms of employment more than investment in other sectors, proving the economic benefits of farming. Farmers not only keep everyone fed and watered, but they also play an important role in the economy and provide essential employment in rural communities.
Farming and the agricultural industry as a whole are important sources of employment in many places. There are numerous jobs in this field, ranging from farmers who yield the land to technicians who work on harvesting equipment and scientists who come up with new ideas.
Originally published at Pakistan Today