At least 77828 farmers have been registered in Rawalpindi division for ‘Kissan Card’ scheme for provision of subsidy under different government schemes while 18262 farmers were registered for credit card scheme.
According to Additional Deputy Commissioner Finance and Planning Rana Waqas Anwar, agriculture is backbone of the country’s economy therefore its transformation on scientific lines is need of the hour so that the agriculture research could be conducted on modern lines to support the farming community.
He said, 14803 farmers at village level were trained in 958 sessions, completed during 2017-18 while 9848 pamphlets were also distributed among the villagers.
He said, Punjab government was making all out efforts to provide relief to the farmers. The agriculture department Punjab has been imparting training to the farmers at village level that quality seeds and modern methods would help provide more profit and yield, he added.
Registration of the farmers for Kissan Cards, E-Credit registration, soil and fertilizer sampling and other steps were taken to achieve the targets and provide relief to the farmers. The government was also making efforts for provision of free quality seeds to the farmers and promotion of kitchen gardening, he said.
He informed that at present 46 registered dealers were providing agriculture medicines to the farmers in the district while sufficient quantity of medicines were also available here.
He further said, 18 registered fertilizer dealers and 17 sub-dealers were also supplying fertilizers to the farmers.93 fertilizer samples were collected during 2017-18 out of which 78 declared fit and one was not up to the mark while result of 14 samples is being awaited. A FIR has been lodged against the dealer namely Naqash Shakeel, owner of Haider Seed Store, Adiala Road whose sample was not fit. Third phase of Kissan Training program has also been started, he added.—APP