MNS-University of Agriculture, Multan Vice-Chancellor Dr. Asif Ali said that Pakistan’s foreign trade is affected by restrictions on COVID-19, and trade in fruits and vegetables would be adversely affected if appropriate policies are not formulated.
Speaking at an online conference on ‘Impacts of COVID-19 on the Agricultural Sector in Pakistan, experts addressed the existing agricultural sector situation and the negative effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on the agri-business sector. The Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS) had arranged the session.
Speaking on the occasion, former Chairman Dr. Yusuf Zafar of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) said that the coronavirus pandemic is primarily a health crisis. It is also, however, one of the great social and economic predicaments. He urged the need for optimizing investment by the public sector to improve the country’s research and development sector.
Former Punjab minister for livestock and dairy production Mumtaz Mohammad Khan Manais stressed the need for advanced technology in the agricultural sector to increase productivity in Pakistan’s agricultural industry.