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Pakistan - Punjab Government Takes Steps To Increase Irrigated Cotton Production
Punjab government has started implementation on a five years project worth Rs 36 billion to increase the production of irrigated cotton in the province and benefit 650,000 growers' families. According to a spokesman of the agriculture department, the provincial government under this project will try to promote latest irrigation method to effectively use water available at fields, increase production, creating new job opportunities and promotion of environment friendly agricultural technology.
Under the same project, the government is helping installation of drip and sprinkle irrigation system over 120,000 acres of land in the province. This facility will be offered to the growers having one acre to 15 acres of land. The provincial government will bear 60 per cent expenses of installing this system. Three thousand growers will also be given subsidy of Rs 225,000 per laser land levelers to level the land under cultivation, the spokesman said and added that the growers applying for laser land leveller should have their own tractor and they should not own more than 12.5 acres of land.
The spokesman further stated that under the same project 5500 canal water-courses are also being paved and whole expenses would be on Punjab government while growers would only bear labour cost. The government under the same scheme would extend a subsidy of Rs 250,000 for construction and improvement of water-courses in un-irrigated areas, the spokesman concluded.
Source: Business Recorder .
[ ] 2012-08-10