LAHORE: Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial has stated that steps are being taken to advertise high-value agriculture within the province.

According to a press unlock issued here on Saturday he stated this while chatting with media in Sargodha. He mentioned, “Prosperous farmer is the principle focus of the policies of the government and all imaginable resources are being applied to spice up kinnow production. Citrus fruit gardens sprawl over 400,000 acres of land in the province.”

He mentioned the gardens produced about 2.1 million tonne citrus fruit once a year. “Still there may be room to extend the production for which the government is offering sources for research,” he added.

The minister said that over 2,276,000 metric tonne kinnow production was once expected within the present 12 months.
“Farmer-friendly initiatives by the government help increase research and investment in the agriculture sector. Demand of our agricultural commodities is increasing in national and international markets,” he added.

He mentioned that for the advance of the agriculture sector, the government had allotted greater than Rs 10 billion for financial 12 months 2020-21. “Implementation of various projects worth Rs 300 billion is also ongoing for the growth of the sector and prosperity of farmers. The government has also given approval of an agricultural package of Rs 56.6 billion which would help farmers reduce the cost of production of crops,” he added.

He mentioned that agriculture scientists in their research should focal point on bettering the standard of citrus which would assist in fetching foreign currency.

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