Indigenous crops like maize and sugarcane can offer promising opportunities if their production and recovery rates are increased.
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.
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.
New private investment in the agriculture sector is a prerequisite for improving productivity and achieving food security.
The changing landscape warrants a new agri extension model where a farmer can get advisory services from a service provider.
Allowing the export of basmati rice but restricting other varieties will earn revenue and maintain food supplies.
Keeping a record of vegetables sown and preventing oversupplying may be a more effective way to ensure fair prices than imports.