Govt initiated milestone steps for farmers’ uplift: Minister


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LAHORE : Agriculture Minister Punjab Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Bhabha Monday said the PML-N government has taken historic steps for ushering in socio-economic and green revolution in the country.

“A base of green revolution has been laid with the implementation of effective strategy for the uplift of
agriculture sector,” he added. Speaking to this scribe at his Punjab Assembly chamber, the minister said Pakistan was moving ahead speedily while the welfare of farmers and development of agriculture was being accorded top priority.

He said the government was pursuing a programme under which generous interest-free loans were being given to small farmers for the first time ever in the country.

The minsiter said that interest-free loans were being offered to farmers,possessing 12.5 acre land,at the rate of
Rs. 25,000 per acre in Rabi and Rs. 40,000 per acre in Kharif under the said programme. “Fair distribution of interest-free loans is being ensured through the use of modern technology ,” Bhabha said.

He said those obtaining loans would be given smart phones and given guidance regarding weather, agriculture facilities, crops, seeds, fertilizers etc. In the first phase, he said 600,000 farmers would benefit from this programme.

To a question, he said billions of rupees worth Kissan package was announced for enhancing per acre yield and welfare of farmers.

The minister criticised those indulging in negative politics of accusations and lies.He said such elements
exposed their ‘hostility’ to farmers by creating impedements in farmers’ welfare programme.

However,he said that Punjab government,through its several programmes for betterment of small cultivators,
has proved its farmers friendly stance which would result in strengthening of the national economy.-APP