The Chairperson, Sindh Enterprise Development Fund(SEDF) Naheed Memon has said that the Sindh government has got a revolutionary step by establishing Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) to promote the agriculture sector.
This she said on Monday while addressing an Agri-Business seminar organized at auditorium of Sukkur IBA. Ms. Naheed Memon appraising the combined effort of Sukkur IBA and Agriculture University of Faisalabad (AUF) for starting a joint degree program said, it will be of great helpful for removing the gap between the two departments. She said, Sindh government has established Sindh Enterprise Development fund for the development of agriculture sector and the farmers community, which will produce farming community loans on a low markup with easy installments. Ms. Naheed Memon said, it is essential to develop our agriculture sector according to the market necessities and time to time international changes. For this, we will have to focus on world standard research and the future planning, and all the stake holders are required to play their mutual role in this connection, she added. However, Chairperson SEDF, Ms Naheed Memon suggested the administration of Sukkur IBA to introduce vocational training programs for farmers based on duration of six to eight months to acknowledge them about world standard modern technology. Addressing the seminar, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University of Faisalabad, Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the present irrigation system has become now useless resulting in the wastage of water; hence, planning is needed in this connection. On this occasion, VC, AUF informed that the Punjab government has given a two-year package of rupees one hundred billion to promote the agriculture sector in the province. For the development of agriculture sector, he said it is important to initiate the comprehensive mechanism before and after cultivation of all crops.
Commissioner Sukkur Division Mohammad Abbas Baloch said that the Sindh government has also taken another revolutionary step for the promotion of the agriculture sector by establishing Khairpur Special Economic Zone (KSEZ). With the establishment of KSEZ, growers not only belonging to Sukkur region but also throughout the province will get its benefits and employment opportunities will also create, he added. Commissioner Sukkur informed that during the current season of the dates crop, two cold storage units at KSEZ will start work, due to which, packaging and store keeping of dates would be made on world standards. Other industries will also start work at KSEZ, he added. He demanded from the federal government to release funds for the announced scheme of Sukkur Dry Port, which at present is the necessity of the region. CEO, Sindh Enterprise Development Fund, Mehboob-ul-Haq announced that a modern seed laboratory to introduce tissue culture and new crop commodities in agriculture sector will be established next year. Director Sukkur IBA, Nisar Ahmad Siddiqui said, that the agriculture of Sindh province has not made development because of the illiteracy.