Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said progress of agriculture and prosperity of farmers is priority of the government.
He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the Pakistan Muslim League-N here on Sunday. He said the Kisan Package of billions of rupees had been given for increasing per acre yield and welfare of farmers. Interest-free loans of Rs 100 billion were being given to small cultivators first time in history of the country, he added.
He said the country would move ahead with prosperity of farmers and development of agriculture, adding under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N government had taken revolutionary steps for development of agriculture which was backbone of the national economy, he said.
The chief minister said a foundation of green revolution had been laid with the implementation of effective strategy for uplift of the agriculture sector. He said interest-free loans were being given to farmers having 12.5 acre land at a rate of Rs 25,000 per acre in Rabi and Rs 40,000 per acre in Kharif under this programme. He added a transparent system had been evolved through modern technology for distribution of interest-free loans. Shehbaz Sharif said under the programme, interest- free loans were being provided to landless farmers first time in the history. He said those farmers succeeding in obtaining loans would be given smart phones and provided guidance regarding weather, agriculture facilities, crops, seeds, fertilizers and other affairs. In the first phase, 600,000 farmers will benefit from this programme, he added.
The chief minister said socio-economic and green revolution would usher in with this historic programme, adding that the national economy would be set on strong foundations by promoting agriculture and the dream of agriculture development would be materialised through revolutionary programmes of the government launched for development of the agriculture sector.
He said those indulging in negative politics of allegations and lies proved their enmity to farmers by creating hindrance in farmer’s welfare programme but the Punjab government, by evolving a programme of provision of interest- free loans for small cultivators, had proved its farmer friendship which would result in strengthening of the national economy.—APP