Pakistan govt announces agriculture programme worth Rs 309 billion
The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has announced an agricultural emergency programme worth Rs 309 billion for the uplift of agriculture sector.
Minister for Food Security Mehboob Sultan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen Mehboob Sultan announced the program titled ‘Agriculture Emergency Programme,’ at a press conference in Islamabad today (Tuesday).
They said, “Prime Minister Imran Khan prepared this four year programme,” adding that this programme envisages thirteen projects in the areas of farming, fisheries and livestock.
They said that these projects will be approved by the ECNEC this month and in a matter of two weeks practical work on these projects will be started.
Jahangir Tareen regretted that the agriculture sector was totally neglected in the past. Spending on this vital sector of the economy were reduced from twenty nine billion rupees to fourteen billion years over the last ten years.
‘Key Points of Program’
Sharing key points of the program, he said that it focuses on enhancing per yield of wheat, rice, sugarcane and oil seeds.
He said that the living standards of the farmers will improve with better production of the crops. He said this program is especially for the poor and small farmers.
Jahangir Tareen said that two hundred and twenty billion rupees will be spent on the water related projects which includes brick lining of watercourses and construction of small dams. Under this project, seventy thousand watercourses will be brick lined which will help save nine million acre feet of water.
Regarding livestock, the PTI leader said initiatives in this sector include save the calf and fattening of cattle program to enhance meat production and their export. He said that desi chickens will be provided to the poor population of rural areas on subsidized rates as part of efforts to alleviate poverty.
As regards fisheries, Jahangir Tareen said that shrimp and cage farming will be promoted and supported. There is a comprehensive program for trout farming in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said loans will be provided to the people for trout farming in Naraan, Kaghan and Swat.
Jahangir Tareen said that both the federal and provincial governments will contribute to the 309 billion rupees agriculture program.
Mehboob Sultan said that the agricultural sector has been neglected by the governments from past 10 years as no proper strategies were devised to prevent losses.
Timely completion of development projects will surely bring revolution in this sector, he continued.
Mehboob Sultan said that PTI is the only government that actually thinks about the general masses and ready to launch different projects for their relief.
He stated that Jahangir Tareen has come forward on my request as No one knows about the agricultural sector of Pakistan better than him.