Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held separate meetings with delegations of Pakistan Poultry Association and Pakistan Kisan Ittehad here on Monday and exchanged views with them on their budget proposals.
In his meeting with the Poultry Association, the Minister emphasized smooth supply of poultry meat during the holy month of Ramadan. He said government would keep a close watch on poultry prices and the association must also extend its support to the government for a thorough price check for the benefit of the general public.
The Minister said poultry sector has a significant contribution in the economy in terms of revenue generation and Government would facilitate this sector to the extent possible.
While having discussion with the Kisan Ittehad delegation, the Minister said that agriculture is the backbone of the national economy and a large chunk of the population is associated with it. Government fully realizes its significance for healthy GDP growth. He said the Government has already given a number of incentives to the agriculture sector.
Among others these include the provision of fertilizer on special subsidized rates which aims at boosting agricultural production. The farmers community must make full use of this facility. The Minister said the government would give consideration to the proposals submitted by the delegation and give whatever relaxation is conveniently possible for the farmers.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance, FBR and Ministry of National Food Security attended the meeting.