PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Agriculture and Livestock Department has proposed 60 development projects for the forthcoming budget 2021-22.

The proposals include 17 new schemes worth Rs15 billion including the establishment of Agriculture Business Authority (ABA) and a public sector veterinary and Animal Husbandry University in Swat. The projects have been proposed for Annual Development Program (ADP) 2021-22. Work on these projects would begin from the next fiscal year after approval of the budget proposals.

Official sources said 250 veterinary dispensaries will be established in all parts of KP and required medicines would be supplied to farmers.

The provincial government would establish 287 trout fish farms mostly in Malakand and Hazara divisions with an estimated cost of Rs1286.914 million under a project ‘Development of water fisheries” for which Rs514.766 million would be contributed by federal government and Rs772.148 million by KP Government which would be completed by 2023-24.

The PM’s Backyard Poultry Program would continue in KP, including merged tribal districts, in the upcoming fiscal year under which five hens and one roaster would be provided to poor women.

It is planned that fruit orchards of different varieties would be increased to reduce the prices in open market. An agriculture mart would also be established in Peshawar.

The Agriculture Department has decided to bring unproductive lands in KP under agriculture through the construction of small dams for storage of rainwater. This will help increase per acre production of seasonal crops, including wheat, rice, maize, and sugarcane.

About 380,000 male buffalo calves would be fattened in the country under the Prime Minister’s Save the Calf Program, including 30,000 in KP, to increase meat production. Rs6,500 would be provided to registered farmers following their looking after for at least six months besides free milk, vaccination, and medicines.

A project to provide free treatment of different livestock diseases would be launched besides increasing milk, meat, and poultry production in KP.

Tube-wells would be shifted on solar energy in KP in a phase-wise manner to save electricity besides research on different agriculture varieties.

The beekeeping sector has started growing in KP following an increase of bee flora plants due to the billion trees project. Honey production would further grow in upcoming years following the completion of the 10 billion trees project extended to the entire country in 2018.

Conservation programs to save rare breeds of Azakheli buffaloes in Malakand Division and endangered sheep of Damani, Dera Ismail Khan, and Waziris would continue during the upcoming fiscal year.

 

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