Potential & Opportunities in Agriculture Sector

Pakistan has vast cropped land, untapped culturable wastelands and rangelands , carrying a huge potential of supporting diversified crops and livestock. Pakistan welcomes investors to modernize its agriculture through corporate farming.

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Pakistan is blessed with a wide range of climates, from the coastal belt stretching along the Arabian sea in the south to snow-clad mountains in the north. Most of the agricultural zones in Pakistan have four seasons (Spring, summer, autumn ...

Pakistan is blessed with a wide range of climates, from the coastal belt stretching along the Arabian sea in the south to snow-clad mountains in the north. Most of the agricultural zones in Pakistan have four seasons (Spring, summer, autumn & winter) enabling a great variety of food , feed and fiber crops to be produced.

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Pakistan is endowed with a great variety of lands with varied soil types having a good range and combinations of textures, nutrient and pH levels making it an ideal country to explore for agricultural production. The world’s famous Basmati ...

Pakistan is endowed with a great variety of lands with varied soil types having a good range and combinations of textures, nutrient and pH levels making it an ideal country to explore for agricultural production. The world’s famous Basmati Rice of Pakistan can only be produced in a specific belt of Pakistan that enables production of unmatched aroma, not found anywhere on the planet.

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Pakistan has a large natural store of water in the form of glaciers on the northern parts of the country. These great glaciers offer year round water with supply increasing during summers which allows rivers to flow and the ground water table to recharge ...

Pakistan has a large natural store of water in the form of glaciers on the northern parts of the country. These great glaciers offer year round water with supply increasing during summers which allows rivers to flow and the ground water table to recharge.

Pakistan is endowed with great deserts of Cholistan and Thar. Hydrological surveys have indicated lakes of water under Cholistan which can be syphoned and used through High Efficiency Irrigation Systems (HEIS) to produce a wide variety of high quality crops and fruits. A large variety of fruits and crops are already growing in the region successfully.

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The region that now constitutes Pakistan has a centuries old tradition of practicing agriculture. Even today Pakistan is considered an agricultural country. The manpower accordingly is well acquainted with the soils and regional climates having ...

The region that now constitutes Pakistan has a centuries old tradition of practicing agriculture. Even today Pakistan is considered an agricultural country. The manpower accordingly is well acquainted with the soils and regional climates having both traditional and scientific knowledge.

With time Pakistan’s agricultural scientific base has widened a lot. With an increasing number of agricultural universities and research facilities, Pakistan is well equipped to produce its own crop varieties , best suited to its various agro-climatic zones. Pakistan’s indigenous Non-GMO wheat varieties have a demonstrated potentials of yielding in excess of 2800 kgs/Acre while exhibiting appreciable resistance to various diseases including major rusts. Pakistan’s farmers are yet to benefit from these potentials due to factors including lack of finances to adopt scientific production technology packages and some supply chain management issues. Investors with ample finances and modern agricultural practices can straight away achieve the demonstrated potentials Pakistani technologies or going for other germplasm options.

Pakistani scientists have both scientific knowledge and capability to produce high yielding hybrids and varieties of field crops using latest technologies.

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Pakistan follows liberal investment regime and facilitation being its foremost cornerstones for investors’ confidence and conducive environment to attract local and foreign investment Board of Investment (BOI) is mandated to promote, encourage and facilitate both local and foreign investment. Thus BOI acts as interface between international and local investors, public and private sector. BOI works for enabling business environment through policy and strategic interventions. Till 1997, Pakistan pursued the investment policy favorable for the industrial and manufacturing sector. The first Investment Policy was framed by BOI in 1997 which opened all economic sectors including infrastructure, social, and services for foreign investment. Keeping in view the importance of investment for economic growth and fast economic globalization trends around the world, Investment Policy 2013 was formulated to further improve the investment climate in the country. Guiding principles of Investment Policy 2013 are given below:

  • Reducing the cost of doing business in Pakistan
  • Reducing the processes of doing business
  • Ease of doing business with creation of industrial clusters and Special Economic Zones
  • Linkages of trade, industrial and monetary policies for greater convergence

Agriculture Specific

1.The foreign investor is allowed to hold 60% stake in agriculture projects.
2. For Corporate Agriculture Farming (CAF), foreign investor shall be allowed to hold 100% equity.

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Prime Minister of Pakistan Inaugurated LIMS

6th July, 2023

The Prime minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Land Information and Management System (LIMS) at Chaklala, Rawalpindi. Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir also participated in the inaugural ceremony. The first management system of its kind in Pakistan that aims at assisting land management, both at the country and farm levels. The system has marked cultural waste lands for planned use. LIMS also offers information on soil quality, water needs, weather forecasts to individual farmers. LIMS has also designed a comprehensive framework to provide real-time information and guidance to farmers such as soil quality, water needs, weather forecast etc.

PM at COAS at LIMS, Rawalpindi

Green Pakistan Initiative launched

10th July, 2023.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif launched the Green Pakistan initiative aiming at bringing about a second Green Revolution in the country creating over 4 million jobs. Praising the vision of Chief of the Army Staff the Prime minister said “We have to implement the vision for agriculture through collaboration among federal and provincial governments, agriculture departments and research institutes.”

COAS presenting a scroll marking inauguration of the Green Pakistan Initiative to the Prime Minister
Farmers from all over the country participated in the inaugural ceremony

PM, COAS inaugurated Pakistan’s first corporate farm

24 July, 2023

Prime Miniter Shehbaz Sharif and the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Asim Munir inaugurate the country’s first corporate farm at Khanewal. Maj Gen (Retd) Tahir Aslam, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FonGrow, a subsidiary of Fauji Foundation, remarked that ““We launched a modern corporate farming project to take Pakistan’s agriculture to new height. Our main focus area has been import-substitution farming so that domestic production can eventually replace billions of dollar worth of imports.

Scientific farming at FonGrow

Prime Minister’s initiative to put 100,000 agricultural tubewells on solar power

August 8, 2023
PM handed over certificates to farmers for conversion of tubewells to solar power
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