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Food security programme to be carried out in 72 villages of Sialkot

SIALKOT (June 28 2008): The Food Security and Productivity Enhancement Programme of Small farmers has recorded a significant expansion reached 1012 villages costing Rs 100 million in Punjab. A spokesman of Agriculture department on Friday told Business Recorder that the federal, provincial and district governments in Punjab would jointly carry out the programme.

The programme would be carried out in 72 villages of Sialkot while each village would be provided with funds amounting to Rs 1.95 crore for implementation of the programme while initial work on the project has already been initiated in the district.

Further, the project is aimed at supplementing the country`s ongoing efforts to increase food product through crop productivity, ensure food security and alleviate poverty from rural areas, the spokesman added. The programme will also improve the income of small farmers and build a mechanism for sustaining productivity enhancement and food security programme.

In addition, it will focus on increasing productivity for improving food security and meet fast growing food demands as well as to reduce seasonal and year-to-year variability in production on the basis of economically and environmentally sustainability.

Sources also maintained that the government through this programme would provide assistance to the farmers for main crops like wheat and rice and small crops like pulses, oilseeds, maize and fodder. The completion of this project would be supportive in bringing boom in per acre yield of crops and help reduce poverty scale in these districts of the country the spokesman stated.

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