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`Food productivity enhancement plan to be expanded in Punjab`

SIALKOT (August 25 2008): Food security and productivity enhancement programme of small farmers has been expanded in 1012 villages at a cost of Rs 100 million in Punjab. Official sources told Business Recorder here Sunday that the programme would jointly be carried out by federal, provincial and district governments in Punjab.

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

The objectives of the project are to supplement the country`s on-going efforts to increase food product through crop productivity to ensure food security and alleviate poverty in rural areas through improving income of small farmers and build a mechanism for sustaining productivity enhancement and food security programme. Under the programme special attention would be focused on increasing productivity for improving food security and meet rapidly growing food demands as well as to reduce seasonal and year-to-year variability in production on economically and environmentally sustainable basis.

The main crops like wheat, rice will be covered while small crops like pulses, oilseeds, maize and fodder are also included the project for providing assistance to the farmers, sources added.

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, sources added.

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