Sunday, December 4

Buzdar given briefing about Annual Development Projects

LAHORE:Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was given a detailed briefing about Annual Development Projects and other departmental affairs of Agriculture and Livestock Departments in a high-level meeting held today under his chair.

The Chief Minister directed not to take the fee of Fard Malikiyat for the issuance of Kisaan Card to the cultivators. Usman Buzdar said that 4 lakh 72 thousand Kisaan Cards have so far been issued to the farmers for the digital subsidy and these numbers will reach one million by the end of the current fiscal year. 1590 input dealers of Kisaan Card are working across the province, said Usman Buzdar.

He said that under the National Program, the projects are being carried out to achieve the maximum production of wheat, sugarcane and rice crops. The scope of drip irrigation and solarization projects is being extended gradually. Usman Buzdar termed the Agriculture Transformation Plan a revolutionary program in the agri-history of the province. He also directed to pay attention to the olive cultivation in Southern Punjab.

The meeting was informed that Agriculture Researchers of the department have introduced 31 new types of wheat which have the ability to cope with water shortage and diseases. New variety of Palm has also been introduced in the Punjab. The meeting was further informed that corn, wheat and rice yield has been achieved more than the set target in Punjab.

The meeting was also briefed that Agriculture Extension will be restructured and outsources besides setting up of Central of Excellence for the research on rice, wheat, sugarcane and corn. Minister of Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, Minister of Livestock Hasnain Bahadur Draishak, Chairman P and D, Principal Secretary CM, Secretaries of Finance, Agriculture and other concerned departments attended the meeting.