AGRICULTURE NEWS

7 AGRI, LIVESTOCK PROJECTS WORTH RS4.20B APPROVED FOR ERSTWHILE FATA

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has approved seven gigantic projects worth Rs4.20 billion to promote agriculture, livestock and fisheries sectors in erstwhile Fata. An Official of Agriculture and Livestock Department told that 10 new projects focusing on enhancement of meat and milk production, water conservation, livestock and dairy development have been prepared after consultation with all stakeholders to alleviate poverty and generate employment opportunities for the tribesmen. Out of these projects, seven were approved by the competent forum on which around Rs4. 20billion would be spent during current fiscal year. As many as 10 cattle markets would be constructed in different districts with an estimated cost of Rs200 million besides establishment of livestock research and development facilities worth Rs100 million during current fiscal year. Likewise, Rs 500 million would be spent on establishment of small scale livestock farms and integrated livestock development programs. Moreover, 300 million were proposed for enhancement of livestock productivity to cater people’s food requirements.