Pakistan Minister Sees Need to Redefine Parameters of Agric Production
Agriculture is a key driver of Pakistan's economy and there is dire need to redefine and reprioritize the broader parameters of agricultural production. M. Moazzam Ali Khan Jatoi, Pakistan Minister of State for National Food Security and Research gave this view at a consultative workshop on "National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill".
Jatoi emphasized the need to focus on improving food safety, animal and plant health conditions in the country. He said that current legislation and institutional framework are inadequate and not sufficiently coherent to address the wide variety of challenges faced by Pakistan's agro-food sector. Hence, a new Authority will provide an integrated national system of official controls for food safety/animal health/plant health and its related aspects.
During the workshop it was proposed that the new Authority should coordinate a national system of official controls for food safety/animal health/plant health and make national risk management decisions in these areas. It was also decided that model technical regulations would also be provided to provincial competent authorities. Links will also be made with relevant authorities in export markets and suppliers of imports.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)