Govt to go for crop zoning: SAPM

LAHORE: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Food Security Jamshed Iqbal Cheema says the government is going to introduce crop zoning and clustering to revolutionise agriculture in the shortest possible time.

Talking to the media here on Sunday, he said Balochistan and Cholistan have been selected as a zone for cotton crop, Dera Ismail Khan for pulses, Gilgit-Baltistan for fruits and trout fish, and similarly regions and zones will be earmarked for other crops and vegetables.

He disclosed that 6 million acres of Cholistan land is going to be distributed among the people shortly.

He said that 36 seed varieties of olive and five of tea are being introduced, while the import of potato seed will be banned to promote locally equally good varieties.

He said that 10 million acres of land have been identified as suitable for olive plantation and Rs8 billion have been allocated in the budget for the purpose.

The present collective yield of wheat, rice and maize is 44 million tonnes and the same will be doubled in the next seven years, Mr Cheema said.

He claimed that two new varieties of banana have been developed capable of giving 10-fold more production than the varieties in vogue.

He said that a balance would be created among farmers, industry and consumers in the endeavour to make the country green.

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2021

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