On Thursday, 1st July, 2021 at the Kissan Convention, Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the issue of food shortage and how if left unresolved could become a national security issue. He also introduced the “Agriculture Transformation Plan”, an initiative by National Government to support farmers across the country.
“The country is faced with new challenge…The population size is growing fast. We need to prepare in advance as how to grow food for them during the next 10 to 15 years” said Imran Khan. “The nation which failed to grow food to suffice needs of its people, could not excel. It should be punished for slackness.”
While addressing he discussed the methodologies applied by neighbouring countries China and Israel to become agriculturally sustainable.“Though Pakistan does not recognise Israel owing to its oppression against Palestine, Israel achieved progress in agriculture by using modern techniques. We have decided to take those steps from today. Instead of letting it to become a national security issues, we should become the (food) exporter.”
“Through the Kissan Card, the government will provide direct subsidy to the farmers with little land holdings. The farmers will also be trained in modern trends and techniques in agriculture” He believes some ways to overcome the challenge of food security is to employ modern techniques, promote agricultural research, provide subsidies to small farmers, and removal of “the elite capture”.