Punjab govt allocates Rs 31.37 billion for agri sector

Punjab govt allocates Rs 31.37 billion for agri sector

ISLAMABAD-The Punjab government has allocated Rs 31.73 billion for the agriculture sector in the

financial year 2020-21, with a vision to transform the sector into high value one  with

consistent approach in promoting value agriculture produces as fruits and vegetables,

with 12 per cent of the total agriculture sector annual development programme (ADP).

According to the budget documents, out of total allocation for the sector Rs 7,250 million had

been allocated for 39 ongoing scheme while Rs 500 million for five new schemes.

The major initiatives for financial year 2020-21 are rural enterprises for agriculture

development project, crop maximization through cooperative farming, promotion of fruits

production in Punjab through provision of certified plants, development of hybrid and OPVs in

vegetables resilient to climate change, mechanized management of rice crop residues, integrated

plan for agriculture development in tehsil Koh-e-Sulman, DG Khan, acquisition of land for

establishment of model markets in Rawalpindi, DG Khan and Gujranwala, the national programme

for enhancing command are of small and mini dams in rain fed areas of the country, programme

for establishment of model markets in Punjab, strengthening of AMRI research and development

capabilities in collaboration with the UAF for fabrication of cost effective and efficient small

agriculture implements for small farmers and for transforming the Indus basin with climate

resilient agriculture and climate smart water management.