Fertilizer manufacturers call on Dar

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APP74-20 ISLAMABAD: May 20 - Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chairing a meeting on matters pertaining to fertilizer manufacturers. APP

ISLAMABAD, May 20 (APP): A delegation of the fertilizer manufacturers
called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here on Saturday.
The delegation presented budget-related proposals and tax-related
matters of the fertilizer sector to the finance minister, which were thoroughly deliberated upon during the meeting, said a finance minister
press release.
The finance minister said the government would accord due
consideration to the fertilizer manufacturers’ proposals. The government
was already undertaking extensive consultations with all stakeholders
during the budget preparations, in line with its tradition during the
last four years, he added.
He urged the manufacturers to ensure adequate supply of urea and
DAP for the farmers during the ongoing Kharif season. He highlighted the cash subsidy the government was providing on urea in order to provide
relief to the farmers and to support the country’s agriculture sector.
He also highlighted the 5.28% gross domestic product growth rate
achieved by Pakistan during FY 2016-17, which was a ten-year high.
The agriculture sector, he said, had received a major boost from the government’s agriculture package.
He further highlighted that the agriculture sector had grown by
3.46% in FY 2016-17 showing a marked improvement compared to FY 2015-16.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Revenue Haroon Akhtar
Khan, Finance Secretary, Secretary EAD and senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and EAD also participated in the meeting.
The fertilizer manufacturers’ delegation included representatives
of ENGRO, Fauji Fertilizer Company, Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim, Fatima
Fertilizer Company, AGVEN and United Agro Chemicals.