Govt to spend Rs 3.89b for food autarky

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LAHORE : To attain food autarky, the Punjab govt is spending a sum of Rs3.89b during current fiscal 2013-14. According to official sources, 31 schemes will be accomplished which include 13 ongoing and 18 new projects.

They said Punjab is considered a food basket of Pakistan and a number of comprehensive steps are being taken. †The steps include food security and promotion of exportable crops through improved techniques, revamping marketing system and averting losses from insects, pests, weeds, alkanity, and salinity.

In completing schemes, the main emphasis will be on innovate

technologies to bring vertical crop productivity enhancement, increasing farmersí income through increased crop productivity, better support prices, efficient water supply through improved watercourses land leveling, horticulture by encouraging private sector, exploring energy sources, minimizing reliance on oil seeds import by boosting local production, efficient market infrastructure to ensure optimal value addition and strengthning research-extension farmer linkage.

Under the governmentís strategic interventions, promotion of cotton in

Thal will be ensured through pressurised irrigation, marketing rice transplanting through service providers to achieve optimal plant population per acre, irradication of poverty through distribution of house-cum-gardening plots on lease, basis in Southern Punjab and kitchen gardening in big towns to overcome high vegetable prices.

Courtesy: †Nation

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