ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Standing Committee on Commerce has urged the government to simplify the provision of free certified seed and fertiliser in all the flood affected areas.

The committee has emphasized on the ministries concerned to ensure actual demand and timely supply of free certified seed and fertilizer to the growers. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held Thursday in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA. The committee was briefed on the import price of wheat in connection with minimum support price (MSP) of wheat, availability of fertilizer and availability of quality seed in the country. The chair and members pointed out a number of wrong figures presented in the briefings on availability of wheat, seed and fertilizer in the country. The chair emphasized on both the ministries to address their lack of coordination with each other. The committee expressed its displeasure on outdated briefings of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Ministry of Industries & Production distributed amongst the members of the Committee. The committee also directed the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to ensure a uniform Profitable Support Price (PSP) before the cultivation of wheat. The committee considered “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill). The Committee directed the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to provide a written consensus of all the groups and representatives of chambers from all the provinces, on increase in tenure of office bearers of FPCCI for the two years, before the next meeting of the Committee. The committee deferred briefing on E-Commerce, Foreign Trade, TDAP, and performance of trade & investment Ministers/Counselors posted in Pakistani’s Trade Missions abroad, for the next meeting of the committee. The committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th July, 2022. The Secretary Ministry of Commerce updated the Committee on implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.