Olive cultivation gains momentum, harvest reaches to 11,000 tons

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Olive cultivation in the country has been gaining momentum as local output during the current season is projected to cross 11,000 tons, showing a significant development towards reducing reliance on the imported edible oil as well as to exploit the export potential of this particular agriculture produce.
“The country is expecting to extract about 13,000 tons of extra virgin olive worth million of dollars that would help to boost the farm income with less investment and use of inputs,” said Project Director of Olive Cultivation on Commercial Scale in Pakistan Dr Muhammad Tariq while talking to APP here Monday.
He said that olive has been successfully cultivated over 27,000 hectares of land across the country and it was set to extend its cultivation to over 70,000 hectares to turn the marginal lands into productive for enhancing the income of small scale growers.
This initiative would help to bring the sami-barren and marginal lands under cultivation of high-value crop in far off areas of the country.

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