The Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government will spend about Rs 9 billion on conservation of water and soil in the province during next five years to get maximum area under wheat, rice and others crops besides vegetables and fruits cover. The provincial government is mulling an Rs9 billion arrange to conserve water and soil within the province over following five years while using the most cultivable area to produce wheat, rice and others, crops besides vegetables and fruits.
This was disclosed by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mohibullah Khan, the last word aim, Mohibullah stated, was to strengthen these sectors to form the province self-sufficient in wheat, rice and other agriculture production.
He said all arid and semi arid areas besides waterlogged would be included during this mega project and about Rs billion would be required for conservation of water and soil within the province.
He said KP government has chalked out a comprehensive plan for pavement of 20000 watercourses in next five years to supply uninterrupted water system to farmers especially at the tail-ends within the province.
In the first 100-days of the provincial government, he said that the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had devised an inclusive strategy to pave around 12,000 to 20,000 watercourses within the province by 2023. This, he hoped, would address the matter of water wastage while irrigating lands.
He said, this project, would cost an estimated Rs15 billion to finish
Over future five years, the agriculture minister said that their prime focus would get on strengthening agriculture research and extension services, livestock animals health disease control, breeding and genetic resource conservation programmes, veterinary and agriculture education, human resource development, provision of special incentives in terms of seeds and fertilisers to farmers.
Before PTI government, he said only 15 farms of trout fish was available within the province and through last five years it had raised to 200. He said government has planned to establish 200 more model fish farms and hatcheries in next five years to spice up fish farming and its production.
The Minister urged farmers, horticulturists and fruits growers to require full advantage of those facilities and adopt the newest technologies to achieve autarky in food.