KP’s inaugural food policy basis on agriculture, job creation

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Wednesday approved the first-ever food security policy for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, consisting of short, medium, and long terms planning.

Short term, medium term, and long term plans have been devised to ensure implementation of the policy.

CM directs the planning dept to arrange funding for enforcement of the action plan. The short term plan would be of two to three years duration that will require around Rs56 billion and medium term plan would be of four to seven years with an estimated cost of Rs109 billion whereas the long term plan would be of eight to 10 years to be implemented with an estimated cost Rs70 billion.
24 different measures including construction of small dams, raising of the existing dams, development of maximum command areas of these dams and others have been proposed under the medium term plan whereas nine different measures including construction of big dams, cultivation of olive plants at vast scale and others have been proposed under the long term plan of the policy.
Regarding the estimated impacts of these plans, the meeting was informed that implementation of the short term plan would generate an additional income of Rs21 billion per annum. The medium term plan would generate an additional income of Rs18 billion per annum whereas the long term plan, on execution, would generate an income of Rs22 billion.
Stressing the need for implementing the policy in letter and spirit, the chief minister directed the planning department to arrange the required funding for the implementation of the action plan. The policy clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of agriculture, irrigation, and other allied departments with regard to achieving its goal.

It encompasses all the allied sectors of agriculture including food grain, fruits, vegetables, livestock and dairy products, fisheries, oilseeds, and others Bottom of Form
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