LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday chaired a meeting at his office to review steps taken for the provision of facilities to the farmers and development of the agriculture sector.
The provincial agriculture secretary gave a briefing about the departmental performance and facilities provided to the farmers.
Following the briefing, the CM expressed displeasure over delay in some measures relating to the provision of facilities to the farmers.
“The agriculture department has only conducted meetings during the two years while practical progress in the provision of facilities to the farmers is negligible,” the CM regretted. “Durable steps will have to be taken immediately by discontinuing this practice and I will personally visit the agriculture department to check its workings.”
Buzdar said that further delay in the adoption of steps aimed at provision of facilities to the farmers will not be tolerated as the agriculture sector is the linchpin of the national economy.
The agriculture sector has a lot of potential and there is no justification for the delay, he maintained, adding that department must improve its performance come what may.
The chief minister directed the officials concerned to devise a comprehensive plan to harmonise the agriculture department with the latest needs, as the provision of facilities to the farmers is the fundamental duty of this department.
He further directed that legal aspects be given due attention in the procurement of bulldozers and a special technical committee be constituted in this regard.
Similarly, he said, reforms should be introduced to run Punjab Seed Corporation as a modern corporate entity. Active personalities should be included in the PSC board, he directed.