Advertisement

Sindh to subsidise farm implements

KARACHI: The Sindh government will provide Rs1,230 million subsidy to growers on purchase or hiring of farm implements to promote mechan...

Sindh to subsidise farm implements

KARACHI: The Sindh government will provide Rs1,230 million subsidy to growers on purchase or hiring of farm implements to promote mechanised farming in the province during 2014-­15.

The incentives include Rs1,000m for assistance to farmers on purchase of 11,000 wheel type tractors on subsidised rates, Rs100m subsidy on hiring of agriculture implements for mechanised farming and Rs130m for provision of solar pumps to farmers on 50 per cent subsidy.
Agriculture Secretary Saqib Soomro told Dawn that the department would introduce for the first time in the province use of tubewells and pumps to be propelled with the help of solar energy. The concept already introduced in the Punjab would go a long way in minimising cost of electricity and would ensure uninterrupted supply of water even during the electricity failures.
He said that solar pumps and tubewells will be provided to farmers on 50pc of the purchase price.
The World Bank-assisted Rs8,746m Sindh agriculture growth project will be launched this year to improve productivity of minor crops and to provide market access to small and medium producers to major town markets and develop a value chain for increasing value-addition to minor crops, such as tomato and chillies to save large commodities of local produce from wastage.
The project aims at investing in knowledge and technology for farmers of minor crops and livestock.
Among the new projects to be implemented this fiscal year include the establishment of a Rs200m cotton and sugarcane research institute at Ghotki, which has lately emerged as a cluster of sugar mills. There are already five research centres operating in the province to raise output of various crops.
The other projects include development of technology for production of hybrid seeds in the province at a cost of Rs500m and launching of bio-fertiliser agriculture programme at a cost of Rs300m.
It is interesting to note that the outlay for agriculture in the new Annual Development Plan (2014­-15) has been curtailed by Rs741m compared to the outlay in the previous year.
The department has been allocated Rs4,476m for development schemes compared to Rs6217m last year.
Mr Soomro admitted that despite the utmost efforts the target of cotton crop could not be achieved this year due to reduction in cultivated area and shortage of water.

Related

world economic issues 2751194951311013442

Post a Comment

emo-but-icon

Follow Us

Advertisement

Hot in week

Recent

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments

item