Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial has said that various steps were being taken to promote high value agriculture in the province. According to a press release issued here on Saturday he said this while talking to the media in Sargodha.
“Prosperous farmers are the main focus of the policies of the incumbent government.” He said that all resources were being utilized to boost kinnow production. Citrus fruit gardens were established on more than 400,000 acres of land in the province, he added.
He said that these gardens produce citrus fruit yield up to about 2.1 million tonnes annually. Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial said, “Still there is room to increase citrus fruit production for which government is providing resources for ongoing research in this regard.” Agriculture minister said that this year more than 2.276 million tonnes kinnow production was expected.
Farmer friendly initiatives by the government were helping to increase research and investment in agriculture sector, he added. He said, “Demand of our agricultural commodities is increasing in national and international market.”
He further said that for the development of agriculture sector, the incumbent government had allocated more than Rs 10 billion in financial year 2020-21.