Agriculture Emergency Project: A far cry in KP

Jamal Safi

PESHAWAR: Hope the government had not announced the Agriculture Emergency Project for aliens as farmers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are unaware of the project, said farmers during a survey conducted.

One, Rifaq Kareem resident of Shahbag District Mardan, who is the owner of livestock and a farmer by profession thanked and told FP that for disclosing the fact that Agriculture Emergency had taken place in KP.

He said that he himself and other farmers of the Village were unaware of agriculture emergency because the government had not yet arranged any awareness program.

“The government should give the subsidy direct to the farmers because we had noted in previous schemes that the landlords gets the benefit and farmers always remained deprived from the fruit of such projects’’ he added.

He demanded from the government to establish new research centres in every district for the production of viable seeds which can be resisted in specific temperature of the district Mardan.

Agriculture Centre had introduced 92 sugarcane buds 10 years ago but no improvement had yet done after that’’ he added.

Rifaq, revealed that the government had done the water management census in 1992 and the farmers has been using agricultural waters according to that census but in the long period of 18 years much agricultural land had been converted into residential areas, so the government needs to distribute water through fresh census.

“The new census of water distribution would resolve the dispute among the farmers” he added.

One, Ajmal, of Naguman area district Peshawar, told Pukhtun Nama that being a farmer and owner of the livestock I am dissatisfied form the livestock centers because the officials of those centers have been unable to provide guidance for the enhancement of dairy products.

He added that the rates of the medicines at livestock centers are much higher than the open market.

The Chief Planning Officer Agriculture Department KP Murtaza Shah had a word with F.P and said that under the National Agriculture Emergency Programme, Rs44.5 billion will be spent on 11 projects for the development of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and irrigation sectors in KP during the next four years.

Moreover, establishment of safety walls, vaccination of livestock and establishment of dairy farms are the part of the developmental programme.

He stated that Minister for Agriculture had chaired a meeting on November, 28 wherein he had directed all the officials of Agriculture Departments to expedite the activities of the projects to get the desired goals of Agriculture Emergency.

Director Marketing Agriculture Extension Department Peshawar Javed Maqbool Bhutt also spoke with Pukhtun Nama and stated that the main target of the Agriculture Emergency was to increase the agricultural yield up to 20% by every year.

He asserted that 2.1 million small scale farmers had been registered with Model Farm Service Centre who would get the machinery and seeds on subsidized rates but unregistered farmers can also get the seeds and machinery by submitting an application to district directors of Agriculture Department.

An official pleading anonymity told F.P that Agriculture Department would organize one hundred mega gatherings of farmers, 50 billions text massages, 25000 advertisements through newspapers, five documentaries and would also air 20 television programs during in the upcoming years.