Qureshi Launches 'Khushhal Pakistan' App For Farmers
Faizan Hashmi Published December 01, 2021 | 12:10 AM
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 1st Dec, 2021 ) :Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday launched a new agriculture application 'Khushhal Pakistan' to provide timely information to farmers.
"For this purpose, a long time back, we laid foundation of the farmers' association." Its aim was to bring innovations to increase production of agriculture, he added.
He said, "We have fertile land and we have to utilize new ways to increase production of crops." He said, "Most of our population is directly or indirectly related to agriculture and the challenge is to make indebted country like Pakistan prosperous and bring it out of bondage of International Monetary Fund." He said he was using the word bondage to clarify that when a loan was taken from someone, he would give it on strict conditions.
He said there were challenges in the agriculture sector, adding firstly a large section of society was living below the poverty line.
The minister said capabilities of the public sector departments had decreased while the private sector was moving ahead, adding partnership of public and private sectors was needed to make progress.
He said an ordinary farmer wanted to build his home, educate his children and get medical treatment without selling his animals and this would be possible only by increasing farm production.
He said mobile phone was used by everyone and it should be determined how to use this facility for increasing productivity.
Today's farmer lacked information and if he would have timely information about weather he could save his seeds, he noted.
He said the farmer needed information about crop diseases and crop medicine so that he could take preventive measures.
Qureshi said farmer was complaining that he was not getting right price for his crop while urban residents were complaining about rising prices and this showed that profits were made by middlemen and hoarders.
With the use of digital technology, farmers could get timely information, he remarked.
He assured of his support in increasing digital literacy.