ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday will inaugurate Pakistan’s first completely automated and smart Agri Farm ‘Khanewal Model Agriculture Farm; a flagship of Green Pakistan Initiative.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir would be present as the guest of honour.
Ministers of Finance, Defence, Planning Development & Special Initiatives, National Food Security & Research, Information & Broadcasting, Chief Secretaries of the Provincial Governments, agricultural experts, notable farmers and Senior Army Officials would attend the Inauguration Ceremony.
The foreign dignitaries from various countries will also be participating in the Ceremony.
The Green Pakistan initiative is a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to collaborate for a sustainable and profitable future. There is an upward trend in investments which has already started to come in because of the business-friendly environment being created through the newly established council.
The ease of doing business is both for foreign and domestic investors. Pakistan’s agriculture holds immense potential which can be harnessed by employing mechanized and modern farming practices.
Pakistan’s agriculture sector, contributes 23 percent to the GDP despite employing 37 percent in labour force. This low-productivity in agriculture cannot be our destiny if we have to transform our economic landscape.
Today’s Ceremony will focus on the concept of model farming with frontloaded mechanization and use of precision agriculture tools and practices, collaboration under public private partnership and investment opportunities in agriculture under ‘seeing is believing’.
The prime minister will inaugurate the farm by laying the foundation stone at the site along with kicking off the corn harvesting and sowing operations at farming and visualizing the Al practices under precision agriculture through drone operations for surveillance and pesticide application and deployment of climate smart instrument like sensors.
Besides he will also see the model cotton fields.