Pak to launch USD 40 million farm project in tribal areas
Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 16:54
Peshawar: The Pakistan government plans to launch a "Mechanized Agriculture Farming Project" at an estimated cost of USD 40 million in militancy-hit tribal belt to ensure food security for the people.

An official of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas Secretariat said the initiative will benefit more than 90 per cent of the total population that derive their livelihood, either directly or indirectly, from agriculture.

A lot of effort has been made in terms of project planning to get the strategy right from the word go, the official said.

"Eighty per cent of the cost of development will be covered by the project while the remaining 20 per cent will come from farmers to ensure ownership," the official said.

The project will undertake the setting up of seven vegetable and fruit markets, one in each semi-autonomous tribal agency. Twenty units for food processing and preservation will also be set up.


First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 16:54

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