700,000 olive plants to be planted in Fe­bru­ary

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

As part of its mega olive pro­ject for olive plan­ta­tion at 50,000 acres in the coun­try till 2019, the Pak­istan Agri­cul­tural Re­search Coun­cil (PARC) would plant 700,000 new olive plants across the coun­try dur­ing Fe­bru­ary, March, 2016. "The pro­ject has al­ready com­pleted plan­ta­tion at an area of 7166 acres in Pun­jab, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Balochis­tan", said Act­ing Chair­man of PARC Dr. M. Azeem Khan while chair­ing a meet­ing of the pro­ject here. He said more than 600,000 cut­tings and air lay­er­ing were prac­ticed for prop­a­ga­tion pur­pose.

Of which, he said 20 per­cent of th­ese cut­tings would be saplings af­ter two years. Dr. Azeem Khan said the pro­ject had de­vel­oped pro­to­cols of two olive va­ri­eties for prop­a­ga­tion though tis­sue cul­ture tech­nol­ogy. Seven olive nurs­eries have been es­tab­lished so­far and 13 spe­cial­ized nurs­eries are in the process of es­tab­lish­ment at dif­fer­ent com­po­nents. Dr Azeem said the pro­ject had also es­tab­lished and man­aged olive mother blocks at all pro­vin­cial com­po­nents which would be use­ful for prop­a­ga­tion of true to type olive plants.

PARC is ready to pur­chase and in­stall 11 oil mills of dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity at suit­able loca- tions for quick pro­cess­ing of farm­ers pro­duce, he added. He said PARC, be­ing apex or­ga­ni­za­tion was work­ing in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with fed­eral and pro­vin­cial in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try to pro­vide sci­ence based so­lu­tions to agri­cul­ture of Pak­istan through its statu­tory func­tions.

Na­tional Pro­ject Di­rec­tor (Olive), Dr. Nasir Mah­mood Cheema said that PARC was go­ing to com­plete new olive plan­ta­tion un­der olive com­mer­cial pro­ject at 8000 acres dur­ing 2015-16 be­side 34 train­ing con­ducted and 1250 per­sons trained at dif­fer­ent dis­tricts un­der pro­vin­cial com­po­nents for orchard lay-out, orchard man­age­ment, olive nurs­ery rais­ing and man­age­ment, Geo­graphic in­for­ma­tion sys­tem (GIS), har­vest and post-har­vest han­dling of olive fruit and value ad­di­tion.

He said work­ing on an­other as­pect of this im­por­tant crop to get max­i­mum fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits, pro­ject has con­ducted dif­fer­ent ex­per­i­ments on value ad­di­tion of olive fruit for prepa­ra­tion of olive jam, pickle, murraba, syrup, bak­ery items, olive beauty cream and some other makeup items. To de­velop cot­tage in­dus­try in tar­get ar­eas, woman farm­ers are be­ing trained to make olive prod­ucts by uti­liz­ing their own fruit to up raise their stan­dard of liv­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Pakistan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.