QUETTA, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – October 2, 2022): Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Qudus Bizenjo said on Sunday that the agricultural sector is the backbone of our country’s economy and the government is committed to bring about reforms in this sector.
He expressed these views during an interview with a delegation from the Zamindar Action Committee who visited him at the CM Secretariat.
“Agriculture is the main source of income for many families living in Balochistan and the government is trying to address the problem they face,” the CM said. that the recent rains and floods have caused huge losses in all sectors including agriculture and livestock in Baluchistan, However, reiterating the government’s determination, he said that all efforts were being made to come to help those affected.
Welcoming the immediate response of the Federal Government, CM said that after the recent heavy rains, the Prime Minister visited the affected districts of Baluchistan on several occasions and continued to review relief and rehabilitation works.
Previously, the Zamindar Action Committee had expressed concern over the import of commodities from neighboring countries.
They argued that the import of vegetables and fruits from neighboring countries had a negative impact on local farmers, as their agricultural products were sold at low prices in the market.
They urged the CM to waive the electricity bills of landowners in the affected districts of the province. In addition, each farmer should have 500 bulldozer hours and 250 tractor hours to smooth the land. The Balochistan Zamindar Action Committee delegation also spoke about the damage caused to the agricultural sector due to floods and heavy rains.
Abdul Rehman Bazai, Secretary General of ZAC, while giving a briefing to the Chief Minister on the damage caused to the agricultural sector, said that according to an estimate, it caused losses of Rs 300 billion and that the most affected sector is farming.
“The canal system, the tube wells and the solar system were badly damaged due to the flooding,” he added.