The Punjab government has chalked out a five year plan for the promotion of Olive crop on scientific basis in the province.
Official sources told APP on Sunday that under the plan special attention will be accorded on scientific cultivation of olive crop for attaining yielding results.
Under the plan, the government will provide free of cost 2 million plants to the selected growers in Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal and Khushab districts which are potential areas for olive cultivation in Punjab, the sources said.
Olive orchard cultivation through these areas of the province would be able to produce great quantity of oil, which may certainly bring Pakistan’s olive oil import share to zero.
The agriculture department Punjab is conducting awareness and training programmes to facilitate the people by creating awareness on olive cultivation techniques and producing value added products. According to available information, the overall demand of olive oil is over 1.9 million tons of which 1.3 million tons is being imported from various countries to cater domestic needs and requirements.—APP