The government of Pakistan has designed the Prime Minister Agriculture Emergency Program with the allocation of 309 billion rupees to uplift agriculture and livestock sectors on modern lines.
The agriculture sector is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy, it is the most important source for employment & income generation for the majority of the rural population, which generates nearly one-fifth of the total GDP, employs 43% of the total labor force and is a major source of foreign exchange earnings whereas the Microfinance sector has widely been recognized as an instrument for inclusive economic growth and poverty alleviation
The program is envisaged to boost local agricultural production, reduce dependence on imports and improve the lives.
The initiative will lead the country towards sustainable development by exploring new agricultural markets, introducing new ways for soil and water conservation, and promoting aquaculture farming in potential areas of the country. The emergency program to be formally commenced by next month will revolutionize the output of major cash crops. The initiative will also help in promoting the cultivation of minor crops like oilseed, pulses and high-value fruit, vegetables, and development of the livestock
The Central Development Working Party has approved 13 mega-development projects conceived under the emergency program, whereas the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council is likely to accord final approval in its next meeting. The Focal Person of Prime Minister Emergency Program Muhammad Ali Talpur said that out of the total 309 billion rupees’ package, the federal government would provide 84 billion rupees while 225 billion rupees will be shared by the provincial governments. He said special measures, will be introduced for energy, water conservation, and pest management to reduce the cost of production.
Applications are invited from Farmers for Agriculture Machinery , Instruments.