PESHAWAR: The Government of Khyber Pakthunkhwa has planned to launch seven new projects for uplift of food sector in fiscal year 2014-15 with allocation of Rs 187 million besides constructing godwons in four districts of the province to store grains and other food items for consumption of people.
An official of Food Department KP told APP on Thursday the godwons would be constructed at Shangla, Tank, Chitral, and Charsadda districts where about 4000 tons grains of foods would be stored. He said government has started feasibility study of the project and work on it would soon be started.
To ensure food security and healthy food for people of the province, he said feasibility study for assessment and detailed designing of food grain godwons in Malakand, Dir Upper, Swabi, Buner & Kohat would be
carried out in current fiscal year besides initiating work on these mega projects after completion of codel formalities.
He said this project was included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2014-15 and efforts are being made to purchase land for its construction at earliest.
He said the KP government would launch seven new projects for food sector in current fiscal year that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 187 million.
Food is basic necessity of life and the government is committed to save wastage of grains including wheat and rice due to scarcity of well equipped grains godwons. He said these godwons would be earthquake proof and would be build as per international standard.
The construction of godwons, he said, would help minimize dependency on Punjab regarding wheat’s and rice exports.
He said the total wheat requirement of the province is about 4.207 million tons annually whereas about 1.158 million tons wheat is being produced per year by KP, showing a shortage of 3.049 million tons.
He said KP and FATA were mostly depended on Punjab as for as wheat and rice requirement is concerned.
The government, he said, would launch special campaign against adulteration food and elements involved would be sent behind the bars.
Focus is being made on better planning for food sector in wake of global climatic changes, rising population and nutrition intake values, he said it is of paramount important for the KP government to initiate efforts not only to increase production of staple food but also ensure food safety and quality by providing requisite infrastructure in the vicinity of the cropping areas.
In order to complete these mega projects, he said the government has allocated Rs 501 million for 11 projects out of which four are ongoing with allocation of Rs 314 million and seven new with allocation of Rs 187 million.
These projects, he said, after completion would help ensure food security besides minimizing dependency on Punjab regarding exports of wheat and other food items.