The meeting of Senate standing committee on National Food, Security and Health was held here at Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Syed MuzafarHussain Shah.
Chairman committee expressed his reservations on irresponsiveness of CDA on the report adopted by Senate on the illegal leases of land in Islamabad on 16 November, 2015. He further added that according to rules, CDA had to response back to the house within two months of the adoption of the report which it has not done till now while committee's directives are binding upon CDA. Committee decided to take the matter as a breach of privilege of the house and move a privilege motion against CDA Chairman.
In the previous meeting, the provincial governments were asked by the Committee to submit their inputs in relation to the reasons of decline in cotton production and means to address such issues. The committee regretted that in spite of passage of one month, no feedback has been received yet.
The Chair lamented that after 18th amendment provinces ignored agriculture sector in particular wheat cultivation and has not progressed even after passage of almost 7 years. The Committee recommended that cost of production and price of fertilizers be minimized for wheat cultivation in order to offer more profitability to the agriculturalists.
Senators Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla, Hamza, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams and Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan were present in the meeting.