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Sindh Agriculture Policy (2018-2030)

Approved by Sindh Cabinet on 16th April, 2018


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Agriculture, Supply & Prices Department, Livestock & Fisheries Department, Planning & Development Department


Government of Sindh


Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the economy significantly contributing in economic growth, food security and poverty reduction in the province of Sindh After transfer of the federal portfolio of Agriculture to provinces in 2018, the need of having an Agriculture Policy to set principles for decision making was badly felt. During the planning of the Sindh Agricultural Growth Project, and after due discussions and deliberations, the World Bank and Government of Sindh agreed to have a component in the Sindh Agriculture Growth Project for formulation of a Sindh Agriculture Policy. The effort has a significant weight with ownership of political leadership of the province. Mr. Sohail Anwar Sial, the Minister for Agriculture and Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani, the Minister for Livestock led the process for formulation of Sindh Agriculture Policy and participated in a number of consultative meetings. We also owe special thanks to Syed Murad Ali Shah, our worthy Chief Minister, Sindh and the Sindh Cabinet for the opportunity to present, review and approve the Sindh Agriculture Policy (2018-2030). In addition the Agriculture, Supply & Prices department is specifically thankful to Late Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, the then Senior Minister for Planning & Development and Mr. Muhammad Waseem, Chairman P&D Board for guidance and overall support in the process. We are also thankful to Dr. Fateh Marri, Project Coordinator, PCU-SAGP, anchoring and hosting this activity, the Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations, Pakistan for its consistent support as well as Sindh Abadgar Board, Sindh Chamber of Agriculture and the individuals involved in policy formulation and its approval from Sindh Cabinet. The Agriculture Department is fully committed to the new Agriculture Policy and to the process of change and reform that it implies. A professional Change Management Unit in Planning & Development Department, with Delivery Units in both department of Agriculture and department of livestock will be soon in place for planning and implementation, of the policy under the oversight of the Sindh Agriculture Policy Implementation Commission (SAPIC).

Secretary to GoSindh,

Agriculture, Supply & Prices Department,


Livestock and fisheries are allied sectors of agriculture in the province of Sindh contributing about 56 percent of value addition in agriculture and nearly 11 percent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Pakistan. Livestock production makes a major contribution to agriculture value added services. The formulation of Sindh Agriculture Policy was the need of our time. The Livestock and Fisheries Department was closely involved with the Project Coordination Unit of SAGP, Planning & Development Department and with the Agriculture, Supply and Prices Department since the start of the Sindh Agriculture Policy formulation process. The livestock department ensured proper coverage of issues and challenges faced by this highly significant sector in Sindh Province. Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries guided the efforts to devise this policy and setting up principles. Without continuous support and encouragement of the political leadership, this huge task would not have been possible. The policy implementation strategy is now underway in collaboration with the PCU-SAGP, P&D Department and the Agriculture Department. The Livestock and Fisheries Department will host delivery unit for due deliberations, advisory support and policy implementation. I am looking forward for improved Livestock and Fisheries Sector for the people of Sindh.

Secretary to GoSindh,

Livestock & Fisheries Department.


Acknowledgement


Following approval of the 18th Amendment of the constitution of Pakistan, agriculture became a complete responsibility for the Government of Sindh. There was requirement of agriculture policy document which sets principles and guidelines for decision making and monitoring the outcomes. The government under the able leadership at highest level was therefore eager to formulate a Sindh Agriculture Policy and Implementation Strategy. Sindh Agricultural Growth Project, financed by the World Bank, provided a window for policy formulation. This is a comprehensive document which aims to reduce poverty, raise living standards of farmers, and solve the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in the province. Project Steering Committee of Sindh Agricultural Growth Project under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Waseem, Chairman P&D Board and Mr. Aijaz Ali Khan, the then Additional Chief Secretary (Dev.) directed the team for the task under the guidance of Technical Working Group (TWG) under the Chairmanship of Dr. A.Q, Mughal, former Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, who led a group of twenty-five high-level government officers, representatives of civil society, and farmer association leaders. Mr. Daud Khan, former Deputy Director, UN-FAO Rome, served as principal author, applying his many years of experience and deep expertise to the subject matter. The outline was initiated which passed through a series of consultations and reviews by stakeholders and, finally evolved as a policy document. A detailed consultative process was used through the formation of a Technical Working Group The sector-wise approach was taken by having Agriculture and Livestock & Fisheries working committees, led by, Mr. Muhammad Hashim Leghari, former Secretary of Agriculture Department and Dr. Baz Muhammad Junejo, former Secretary of Livestock Department. The reports of both committees were presented at the second meeting of Technical Working Group in March 2017 and recommendations were discussed for incorporation in the final document. The participation of the Sindh Abadgar Board, the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture, farmer bodies, prominent livestock and fisheries producers, representatives was highly commendable. Furthermore, the thoughtful comments received from key development partners, particularly Food & Agriculture Organization of United Nations (UN-FAO), USAID, World Bank and IFPRI, which were valuable in refining the draft ready for its finalization in early 2018. The policy process also benefited from a series of background studies conducted by i).Dr. Heman D. Lohano, on climate change and environmental aspects of the agriculture sector in Sindh; ii) Dr. Akhtar Abdul Hai, on rural poverty and gender aspects of agriculture in Sindh; and iii). Mr. Shahid Fazal, on malnutrition in Sindh and iv). Mr. Shahjahan Hashmani on value chains of major and minor crops in Sindh. The ownership, contribution and support from the Agriculture, Supply & Prices Department and the Livestock and Fisheries Department was very helpful in completion of this huge task. The Ministers and Secretaries from both departments were involved with, and committed to the entire process. Without their efforts, this achievement would not have been possible. In addition, I would like to extend my gratitude towards the individuals who played a pivotal role in the consultation, drafting, finalization and approval of this policy. Their services will always be remembered for Sindh Province.


Dr. Fateh M. Marri, Project Coordinator,
PCU, SAGP, P&D Department, GoSindh

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