PM calls for measures to reduce agricultural input costs

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the officials concerned to frame a long-term policy regarding demand and supply of essential commodities, fixation of prices, and reduction in input costs of farmers.

He gave these directions while chairing a meeting regarding fixation of the sugarcane price in Islamabad on Thursday.

The prime minister directed that the policy aimed at reducing input costs of the farmers should be framed on priority basis.

Imran Khan also directed the Competitive Commission of Pakistan to review the relevant laws and bring forward such amendments that could ensure stability in the prices of essential commodities and discourage monopoly in the market. He stressed that latest technology should be used for this purpose.

Regarding the fixation of sugarcane price, the PM stressed that the price of the commodity should be fixed in such a manner that it should not only encourage the growers but also ensure the stability of sugar price in the market.

The prime minister said the government is giving special emphasis to the equal development of both agriculture and industrial sectors, adding that strengthening of the agriculture sector and providing relief to the small farmers is among the top priorities of the government.

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