PR NO. 213 Islamabad

The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting here today to review the provision of agriculture credit, particularly by public sector banks to the farmers. Secretary Finance, Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan, CEOs of National Bank of Pakistan and Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance attended the meeting.

In the meeting, issues pertaining to agriculture sector, particularly losses incurred by the agriculturists in respect of cotton and rice crops were discussed. It was also pointed out that the markup rates charged on agriculture credit by the banks need to be reviewed. In view thereof, the Finance Minister urged upon the public sector Financial Institutions like NBP and ZTBL to review the markup rates for agriculture credit, particularly in view of the reduction in overall policy rate recently announced by the State Bank of Pakistan.

The Heads of the banks assured that they will immediately finalize specific measures for increasing availability of agricultural credit and rationalize markup rates, which will enhance agricultural growth in the country.