Jan 012018

There is no denying that Pakistan is a country rich in natural resources. However, it has not used its resources in an efficient manner and as a result it is still a developing country. Our leaders refuse to learn from the examples set by developed countries. Almost every country has worked to enjoy the status of a booming economy. Australia’s economy is an agricultural-based economy and the country is one of the developed countries of the world. It is simply because Australia’s succeeding governments have had the top focus on education in agriculture. The country has plenty of institutions providing professional training in the field of agriculture.

Similarly, Malaysia’s development and progress could only be made possible once the country started paying attention to agriculture. When the former Malaysian prime minister, Mahathir Muhammad, was asked how his country transitioned from being a developing country to a developed one, he responded that he undertook two main reforms. He said that the first step was to rid the country of corruption starting from top to bottom, and the second reform was to revolutionise the agriculture system. A great deal of attention is being given to education in agriculture, besides facilitating farmers. Pakistan should follow the examples set by Australia and Malaysia. Prioritising agriculture would have several positive advantages. It will not only improve agriculture yield in the country, but also generate jobs in the field of agriculture.

Riaz Mahar


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