MULTAN – Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jehanian Gardezi said on Saturday that top quality seed and precision farming were vital for enhancing production of different crops. He said this during a ceremony in connection with mechanical cultivation of paddy at Kabirwala, some 40 kilometers away from Multan city. Hussain Jehanian Gardezi remarked that precision farming was very much important to reduce inputs expenses and improve productivity. The incumbent government was taking different steps to empower farmers economically. Recently, the country witnessed record production of wheat, maize, sugarcane and rice. The government was focusing on all issues to make Pakistan self-sufficient in agriculture. The farmers were being given subsidy of Rs 260 million on provision of modern machinery. Similarly, biological control of pests was also being focused, he remarked. Biological control will also help reduce use of pesticides, he added. Pakistani rice is top choice of people across the globe, said Gardezi, adding that, similarly, the country was earning huge amounts by exporting rice. Recently, the rice witnessed 28% surge in production.