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Pakistan Makes Plans for Olive Oil Production

Sep. 26, 2011
Vikas Vij

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The state gov­ern­ment of Punjab in Pakistan has pre­pared a detailed plan for the pro­mo­tion of olive cul­ti­va­tion in this most pros­per­ous agri­cul­tural state of the coun­try. The gov­ern­ment plan­ners have iden­ti­fied Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Jhelum, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Attock, Chakwal and Khushab as some of the poten­tial olive cul­ti­va­tion regions in Punjab.

The gov­ern­ment hopes to make Pakistan self-suf­fi­cient in the prod­uct of olive oil by devel­op­ing olive orchard cul­ti­va­tion in these poten­tial areas. According to the agri­cul­tural plan­ners, the cul­ti­va­tion will include new plan­ta­tions and graft­ing exist­ing wild olive varieties.

The Islamic International Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) in Chakwal has con­ducted research in the state which shows that pre­vail­ing envi­ron­ment, soil types, rain­fall amounts, and tem­per­a­tures ranges in these regions are ideal for the growth of olive plantations.

The agri­cul­tural depart­ment of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in Punjab has launched aware­ness and train­ing pro­grams to encour­age the farm­ers to pro­duce olives and acquire train­ing in mod­ern olive cul­ti­va­tion tech­niques for bet­ter productivity.

Just across the bor­der, India’s lead­ing agri­cul­tural state of Punjab failed to exe­cute its ambi­tious olive cul­ti­va­tion project that was launched with much fan­fare in 2008.



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