Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agricultural University, said that there are many resources for agricultural development in Balochistan, the importance of crops, orchards and especially organic cotton is increasing.

Addressing a one-day seminar on “Contours of economic growth and sustainable development in Balochistan”, Dr. Fateh Marri said that there are mineral resources in Balochistan, as well as there is agriculture and orchards, experts and institutions have needed to focus on research. Comprehensive planning is needed to increase GDP by up to 6%, while food security requires reducing food and agricultural waste and supporting agriculture, industry, services, and manufacturing.

Dr. Abdul Salam Lodhi, an economist of the country and Professor of Economics at Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences (BUITMS) Quetta, said that Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan, covering 44% of the country’s land area, and the West Rangeland and 75% of the coastline and rich in mineral and hydrocarbon reserves, but more attention needs to be paid to the economic development of Balochistan in order to utilize the potential resources for the economic development of the province.

He said that the province needs significant investment, business management and human resource development in productive sectors such as minerals, fisheries, livestock, agriculture and agriculture. He added that the problems of unemployment, poverty and food security could be tackled through sustainable development.

Prof. Dr. Aijaz Ali Khonharo, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural Social Sciences, said that the quality of education in Balochistan is excellent, there is scope for more new projects on agricultural research in Balochistan and the agriculture sector can play an important role in economic development of the country.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar said that joint projects in higher education and research institutes of Balochistan and Sindh will support the agricultural development of the country. Dr. Ghulam Mujtaba Khushk, Dr. Barkatullah Qureshi, Dr. Habib Magsi, and a large number of teachers and students have attended the seminar.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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