The Italian government would provide 20 million Euros in order to promote olive cultivation and production of olive oil in Pakistan, which would help in reducing the reliance on the imported commodity to fulfill the domestic requirements.
In this regard federal government in collaboration with provincial governments would start technical training and vocation education programme on olive farming to encourage the olive culture across the potential areas of the country, said Head of Barani Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Dr Ahmad Tariq.
Talking to APP, he said that BARI would provide technical support and policy guideline to provinces for exploiting their olive production potential by bringing the barren and sami-marginal land under production to enhance farm income of rural farming communities.
Besides, the fund would be spent on farmers training particularly training of young olive farmers to encourage the young and educated youth for the development of olive culture to earn a reasonable livelihood by bringing the marginal land under crop production, he added.
Recently, USAID in collaboration with BARI had also provided 50 percent matching grant to private sector olive farmers for the establishment of basic infrastructure including the installation of mini crushing mills and other facilities for olive extraction and value , he added.
Dr Tariq further informed that an high efficient olive extraction plant imported from the Italy had also been installed at BARI to facilitate the olive growers to extract their produces. —APP