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Pakistan launchs olive oil project

The government has allocated Rs382.15 million to increase production of oilseed by developing olive orchards on 1,500 hectares in three years to reduce edible oil import.

“Achieving self-sufficiency in oilseed production is our priority,” said Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Mir Israrullah after a briefing on the work of Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB) on converting wild olive trees into fruit-bearing plants and establishing new olive orchards.

The minister said that olive orchard development has already started at 400 hectares in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 300 hectares in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 500 hectares in Balochistan and 300 hectare in Potohar. The development is part of the ‘Promotion of Olive Cultivation for Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation’ project, which will cost Rs382.153 million in a span of three years (2011-13).

by S. C.
08 march 2011, World News > Asia