Green Tractor Scheme a milestone in Balochistan’s agriculture uplift: official
QUETTA: The Green Tractor Scheme is a farmer-friendly scheme, as it would not only help agriculture to boost but also increase the overall national products, a provincial government official said.
Addressing the Balochistan Green Tractor Programme’s ceremony, held in Quetta, Balochistan Governor Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha said that the subsidy on the tractor scheme would provide financial relief to the poor farmers.
The water level was falling to an alarming situation in the province and if steps were not taken to build big dams on time, the people would have to migrate to other provinces in the future, he said.
For economic development, the governor said, it was necessary to improve the agriculture sector on modern lines, adding that the provision of cheap electricity and subsidy on seeds and fertilisers would not only increase the agricultural yield but also help the agriculturalists make handsome earnings.
The provision of gas supply should be ensured to save the trees from cutting in all districts of the province, he said, adding that the federal government, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, had planned to establish separate national parks in Kalat and Zhob, which would help improve the provincial greenery.
Modern science and technology should be used to increase agricultural production, Agha said that due to the lack of adequate rainfall this year, the agriculture sector was directly affected; however, the present government was addressing the issues of local farmers on a priority basis in a bid to provide them a sigh of relief.
He said agriculture was being modernised to meet the growing needs of the people, adding that there was a need to take measures to improve water resources, reduce women mortality and ensure maternal and child health under the guidance of international organisations.
The present government was also creating awareness on food and nutrition in remote areas of Balochistan, he said, adding that the shortage of food in the province could be controlled by the development of agriculture and livestock sectors.
The governor said a huge portion of the total population in Balochistan, today, was associated with the agriculture and livestock sectors.
The government’s green tractor scheme would prove to be an important milestone in the development of agriculture in the province, he added.
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