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Empowering Farmers and Agricultural rights in Pakistan

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By Muhammad Fazil

Agriculture forms the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, providing livelihoods to a significant portion of the population. To ensure the well-being and prosperity of the farming community, it is crucial to understand and uphold the rights of farmers. This article provides an overview of the key rights and policies in place to support farmers in Pakistan.

The Land Reforms in Pakistan aimed to redistribute land from large landholders to small-scale farmers, promoting equity and reducing landlessness. It established the right to land ownership for farmers.
The tenancy laws protect the rights of sharecroppers and regulate agreements between landowners and tenants.

The State Bank of Pakistan and other financial institutions have established schemes and programs to provide credit to farmers at subsidized rates, enabling them to invest in their farms.
Microfinance institutions also play a crucial role in extending financial services to small-scale farmers.

The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) oversees the equitable distribution of water resources among provinces. Farmers have rights to a fair share of water for their agricultural needs.
Canal water management and irrigation practices are regulated to ensure efficient use of water resources

The Plant Breeders’ Rights Act protects the intellectual property rights of plant breeders, ensuring that farmers have access to quality seeds and plant material.
Government agencies and extension services provide guidance on integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture practices.

The government sets minimum support prices for major crops to protect farmers from market fluctuations.
Various agricultural marketing and procurement agencies facilitate the sale of produce, ensuring fair prices for farmers.

Farmers receive subsidies on essential inputs like fertilizers, seeds, and agricultural machinery to reduce production costs.Government programs also provide support for modernizing agricultural practices and adopting new technologies.

Agricultural extension services offer training, education, and technical support to farmers, disseminating best practices and innovative techniques.Research and development institutions work towards creating new knowledge and technologies for the benefit of the farming community.

Environmental regulations and policies encourage sustainable agricultural practices, emphasizing soil conservation, water management, and agroforestry.
Farmers are encouraged to adopt eco-friendly farming techniques to preserve natural resources for future generations.

Upholding the rights of farmers is essential for the growth and sustainability of Pakistan’s agricultural sector. Policies and initiatives aimed at empowering farmers contribute not only to their well-being but also to the overall economic development of the country. Continued efforts in this direction will further strengthen the agricultural sector and ensure a prosperous future for farmers in Pakistan.

The writer is the student of Journalism studies and can be reached at: [email protected]

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