The Sindh government announced a Rs3 billion subsidy for small farmers in the province during the financial year 2021-22. Speaking at a press conference at the Sindh Assembly building, Agriculture Minister Mohammad Ismail Rahu said that the subsidy would be provided to peasants on fertilizer through issuing them a ‘Peoples Hari Card’.
He said the provincial government would also establish 16 cold storage facilities during that period with the support of growers, adding that the government would bear 80 per cent cost while remaining 20pc expenses would be met by the growers. Mr Rahu said the provincial government would also install water treatment plants in Thar to make the saline water extracted from coal mines useful for agriculture purposes.
“Agriculture contributed 19 per cent in the GDP while the federal government allocated only Rs12 billion, which is only one per cent of the PSDP [public sector development programme],” he said, adding that the urea prices were increased to the highest level. Discussing the increase in input rates, he said that tractor prices were increased by 80pc and wheat prices increased by 110pc, while only one per cent of Sindh’s growers were included in the agriculture credit of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL).