Khalid Saeed Wattoo
Indigenous crops like maize and sugarcane can offer promising opportunities if their production and recovery rates are increased.
Food loss at various stages in the mango value chain exceeds 35pc, while in the tomato value chain it is even higher.
Farmers will have no other option but to increase mechanisation to cope with the adverse effects of climate change.
Farmers now prefer selling their produce to traders/agents at the farm gate or directly to processors.
Currency devaluation has increased crop production costs due to price hikes in agricultural inputs.
The scattered regulatory approach to reduce food loss and waste can’t yield tangible results
Country’s per capita availability of arable land has decreased from 0.65 hectares in 1961 to just 0.14 hectares in 2020.
Govt should announce MSP for at least those crops where Pakistan has a comparative advantage along with sizable local production.
People with disposable cash are now storing produce, considering it a relatively low-risk income-generating activity.
Mixing 10pc maize flour with wheat flour would lower prices and decrease the balance of payment deficit.
Huge resource transfers caused by implicit taxes have adversely affected farmers’ income.
With greater use of technology, the sector is becoming more capital-intensive, inevitably demanding trained labour.
In Pakistan, a clear consensus does exist amongst relevant stakeholders for making necessary changes to the agriculture system.
In Pakistan, the average farm size has steadily declined from 5.3 hectares in 1971 to 2.6 hectares in 2010
In 1961, per capita arable land availability was 0.66 hectares, which has now drastically decreased to 0.14 hectares.
Its widespread adoption may help achieve food self-sufficiency and encourage a more sustainable lifestyle.
Consumers demand a comprehensive policy and effective regulatory framework for GM crops that can ensure public health.
Pakistan’s local production of garlic meets only two-thirds of its domestic needs.
An institutional mechanism is needed that should periodically evaluate fertilisers’ share in the overall production cost of crops.
Pakistan produces around 14m tonnes of biomass from rice crops, most of which is burnt