BEIJING – Pakistan has immense potential for olive plantation due to the availability of land and favorable environment in the country. If olives are planted on Pakistan’s arable land, the country could become one of the world’s leading olive oil producers and exporters.
Experts believe that Pakistan can adopt the latest Chinese technology for the cultivation of olive plants.
Olive plantation under the ‘10 Billion Tsunami Tree’ initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government is one of such projects aiming to increase olive products, reduce the impacts of climate change, and support poverty alleviation.
While addressing the launching ceremony of the olive plantation campaign in the Nowshera district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan has also stressed that olive plantation would help address the country’s food security, climate change, unemployment and will save our foreign exchange.
Olives have been cultivated for the last three decades in the country; however, the proper screening of olive varieties in recent times has improved the cultivation of the plants.
Pakistan has 12.72 million hectares of land, which is cultivable for olive plantation. Out of this area, four million hectares are the most suitable land with proper irrigation systems.