PM says directs ECC to ensure provision of subsidy to Basmati rice grower

ISLAMABAD, 21 NOV (DNA) – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed that the decision taken by the ECC regarding provision of subsidy worth Rs. 5000 per acre to the growers of Basmati rice as compensation in view of the falling international prices of this variety should be properly implemented to make sure that growers are the direct beneficiaries of this subsidy.

The Prime Minister said agriculture is backbone of Pakistan’s economy and a significant contributor to the GDP. He said it is an important priority of the government to support this sector.

The farmer community has appreciated the decision, according which 50% of the expenses incurred on provision of subsidy will be borne by the provinces who would also be responsible to ensure transparency in its distribution DNA

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