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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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