Revitalizing the Agriculture Sector of Pakistan
Despite being neglected over the decades, the agriculture sector remains the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. It is still the largest sector of the economy of Pakistan in terms of labour participation, and as such livelihood of the majority of the population directly or indirectly depends on it. This sector employs approximately 40% of the country’s total labour force, provides income to 64% rural population, and contributes 19.3% to GDP (Pakistan Economic Survey 2019-20). It has been a major consumer of industrial goods that are manufactured locally, i.e. tractors, pesticides and fertilisers. Apart from this, it also ensures the supply of essential raw material to the export-oriented industries which in turn, enables the country to export goods abroad and earn valuable foreign exchange. Therefore, it can be said that revitalizing, restructuring and reorienting agro-based economy is sine qua non for a progressive, prosperous and developed Pakistan.
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