Rs 382M olive cultivation, production plan
11 October, 2012
A plan to push olive production in the country at the cost of Rs 382 million would be initiated in the country.
Under the project gardens spreading over 800 acres of land suitable for olive cultivation would be cultivated in the country.
The plan has been initiated by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) with the cooperation of Italy.
Under the project olive gardens over 300 hectares in Balochistan; 100 hectares in Khyber Pakhtwankhwa; 300 hectares in FATA and 100 hectares in Potohar region in Punjab would be cultivated.
The government of Pakistan launched a project called “Promotion of Olive Cultivation for Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation” with technical and financial support from Italy. Project organizers envision olive plantations spread across thousands of acres in the Pakistani regions of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Baluchistan, which were identified as the most suitable for olive cultivation.
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) will coordinate and supervise the olive cultivation project at a national level, in association with the researchers from BARI. Several agricultural scientists and economic analysts have emphasized the significance of olive cultivation for the agricultural economy of Pakistan. The state government of Punjab has already declared the Pothowar area “Olive Valley.”
Officials at PARC say the new initiative to promote olive cultivation in Pakistan will help generate better income for farmers in the country. Olive is a high-value agricultural product, which can also bring in the much-needed foreign exchange, if exported to other markets. Better economic realization from olive farming is likely to improve the socioeconomic conditions of the farmers in Pakistan and help reduce poverty in the rural regions.