Low crop yields hamper Pakistan’s agri potential growth

31.01.2018

Pakistan’s low crop yield per hectare has declined further to one of the lowest levels in the world. According to a report by the Pakistan Business Council, agriculture had a 19.5% share in the country’s GDP in 2016. Pakistan’s agricultural productivity ranges between 29-52%, far lower than the world’s best averages for major commodities, the report said. Pakistan produces 3.1 tonnes of wheat from 1ha, which is just 38% of the 8.1 tonnes produced in France.

Meanwhile maize productivity is estimated at 4.6 tonnes per ha, 41% of the 11.1 tonnes that France produces. “Low crop yields hamper Pakistan’s ability to realise its full potential. Pakistan is not an agriculture country anymore,” said Gada Hussain, founder of the Sindh Abadgar Board, a lobby group of farmers.


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