PR No.40 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that the government is cognizant of the problems of farmers in the wake of falling prices of agricultural products throughout the world and is doing its utmost to resolve them.


The President said this while talking to Director General FAO, Jose Graziano da Silva, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Wednesday. On the occasion, Minister for National Food Security & Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan was also present.


The President commended the role and contribution of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in poverty reduction, food security, sustainable livelihood and rural development in Pakistan. The President appreciated FAO for emergency and rehabilitation assistance regarding Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) and livelihood restoration in disaster affected areas and control of animal diseases. The President said that Pakistan has attained self-sufficiency in major food commodities and acknowledged FAO’s contribution in this regard.


President Mamnoon Hussain urged FAO to further collaborate with Pakistan in various areas like developing a strategy for sustainable agriculture development in view of climate change and improving livelihood of small farmers. The President assured the government’s cooperation in supporting FAO’s activities and programmes to achieve its objectives.


Director General FAO said that Pakistan has an important role to play as it is a big producer and exporter of food grains. He apprised the President about the efforts of FAO in helping the farmers and making them aware of the impact of climate change.