PR No. 216 DELEGATION OF FERTILIZER MANUFACTURERS CALLS ON ISHAQ DAR Islamabad
A delegation of the fertilizer manufacturers called on the Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, here on Saturday. The delegation presented budget-related proposals and tax-related matters of the fertilizer sector to the Finance Minister, which were thoroughly deliberated upon during the meeting.
The Finance Minister said that government would accord due consideration to the fertilizer manufacturer’s proposals. He said that the government is undertaking extensive consultations with all stakeholders during the budget preparations, in line with the present government’s tradition during the last four years. The Minister urged the manufacturers to ensure adequate supply of urea and DAP for the farmers during the ongoing Kharif season. He highlighted the cash subsidy the government is providing on urea in order to provide relief to the farmers and to support the country’s agriculture sector.
He highlighted the 5.28% GDP growth rate achieved by Pakistan during FY 2016-17, which is a ten-year high. He said that the agriculture sector had received a major boost from the government’s agriculture package. He further highlighted that the agriculture sector had grown by 3.46% in FY 2016-17 showing a marked improvement compared to FY 2015-16.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue, Mr. Haroon Akhtar Khan, Finance Secretary, Secretary EAD and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and EAD also participated in the meeting. The fertilizer manufacturers’ delegation included representatives of ENGRO, Fauji Fertilizer Company, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim, Fatima Fertilizer Company, AGVEN and United Agro Chemicals.