Farm­ers in Pun­jab to get an­droid mo­bile phones

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH - STAFF RE­PORTER

LA­HORE—Pun­jab gov­ern­ment is con­tem­plat­ing to equip its six-lakh small farm­ers with an­droid mo­biles un­der Kis­san Pack­age with the ob­jec­tive of keep­ing them aware of weather up­dates and agri­cul­ture de­part­ment’s plans and poli­cies. Pun­jab gov­ern­ment is likely to make an­nounce­ment of pro­vid­ing six lakh mo­biles to the farm­ers in the up­com­ing bud­get. The an­droid mo­biles are be­ing given to keep farmer up­dated on the util­ity and rates of agri­cul­ture in­puts in­clud­ing seeds and fer­til­iz­ers as well as of weather.

The mo­biles will have apps which will up­date the farm­ers on lat­est agri­cul­ture tech­nolo­gies and in­cen­tives be­ing an­nounced by the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment for farm­ers on daily farm­ers. Pun­jab gov­ern­ment is evolv­ing pol­icy in this re­gard that the farm­ers hav­ing max­i­mum 12.5 acres of land will be el­i­gi­ble to get the An­droid Mo­biles. Pun­jab gov­ern­ment has ear­marked Rs 50 bil­lion for Kis­san pack­age and an­droid mo­biles to the small farm­ers are part of this pack­age.

ISLAMABAD: Sikan­dar Hayat Bosan Fed­eral Min­is­ter (NFS&R) Dr. Amir Muham­mad Rec­tor FAST, Seerat As­ghar, Ex-Sec­re­tary (NFS&R), Dr. Nadeem Am­jad, Chair­man PARC and Mis­bah Iftikhar, son of Dr. Iftikhar Ah­mad are sit­ting on stage on the oc­ca­sion con­do­lence ref­er­ence in mem­ory of Dr. Iftikhar Ah­mad, Ex-Chair­man PARC at NARC Au­di­to­rium.

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