Agri emergency demanded as country facing famine

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Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt on Sunday said the United Nations has issued famine warnings so there is an urgent need to declare an agricultural emergency in Pakistan to save the people from starvation.

Millions of people in 34 other countries are on the brink of famine and Pakistan will face dire consequences if enormous investments are not made immediately to ensure food security, he said.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that along with wheat and sugarcane, the support price of other important crops should also be announced and incentives should be given to small farmers instead of landlords.

In a statement issued here today, the business leader said that the world is facing the worst food crisis since World War II but necessary steps are not being taken due to which the prices of agricultural commodities and hunger are rising all over the world.

The government of Pakistan has not taken the steps expected in the recent federal budget as the government did nothing in the previous budget to promote the important agriculture sector.