Pakistan has a rich and vast natural resource base, covering various ecological and climatic zones; hence the country has great potential for producing all types of food commodities. Agriculture has an important direct and indirect role in generating economic growth. The importance of agriculture to the economy is seen in three ways: first, it provides food to consumers and fibres for domestic industry; second, it is a source of scarce foreign exchange earnings; and third, it provides a market for industrial goods.
The total geographical area of Pakistan is 79.6 million hectares. About 27 percent of the area is currently under cultivation. Of this area, 80 percent is irrigated. In this regard, Pakistan has one of the highest proportions of irrigated cropped area in the world. Agriculture is an important sector, providing food to the fast-growing population of the country. Agriculture contributes about 24 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and employs 47 percent of the national employed labor force. The contribution of the agricultural sector to the GDP has declined gradually since Pakistan came into existence, from over 50 percent in 1949-50 to about 24 percent in 1996-97.
In foreign trade agriculture again dominates, through exports of raw products such as rice and cotton and semi-processed and processed products such as cotton yarn, cloth, carpets and leather production .Agriculture is essential for sustainable improvements in internal and external balances. Of the total export earnings, the share of primary commodities and processed and semi-processed products constituted almost 60 percent of the total exports.
Pakistan's agriculture has made a long and difficult journey. Its performance is marked by a mixed trend. There have been some years of dismal growth and some years of cruising growth.During the past 50 years a significant increase in production of the major crops has been achieved. Wheat production rose from 3.3 million tonnes in 1950/51 to 18.6 million tonnes in 1997/98. Similarly during this period rice production rose from 0.86 million tonnes to 4.32 million tonnes. There was also a records increase in cereal production. The production of cotton reached 9.4 million bales during 1996/97.Sugarcane production reached 5.3 million tonnes during 1997/98.
The agricultural sector as a result responded with new buoyancy. Export taxes on agricultural commodities were reduced or eliminated, which benefited the agricultural sector. In the policy reforms package, better support prices, better tillage and soil preparation practices and adequate and timely availability of fertilizer and certified seed have added to the positive response from the farming community.
Over the past 20 years some important structural changes have taken place in the sector. In particular, livestock has emerged as an important subsector, today contributing more than one-third of agricultural GDP, compared with about 28 percent 20 years ago. We DAP Care International Pvt Limited are making efforts to supply the basic needs of Farmer like Fertilizer, Seeds, Machinery to perform well in this sector.
Our management and sales teams have access of far way areas of Pakistan where farmer need our products. Product quality and performance is our main ingredient, our experts are ever ready to face challenges and adopt new research results.