Punjab govt offers subsidy on tunnel farming

MULTAN: The Punjab government is offering financial assistance on installation of tunnels at 3,000 acres in the province to improve production of vegetables.

Tunnel farming could help grow early or off-season vegetables and also enhance 8-10 percent more productivity compared to routine cultivation of the vegetables.

This was stated by Assistant Director Agriculture Information, Naveed Asmat Kohloon in a statement issued here on Wednesday.

He said the Punjab government was providing subsidy Rs 225,000/acre, which was 50 percent of total expenditures on installation of tunnels. Similarly, the government was also facilitating farmers in provision of drip irrigation and solar system, he added.

He said that adoptation of modern agri technqiues were essential to meet growing needs of vegetables and tunnel farming not only gives handsome returns to farmers but also ensures supply of vegetables throughout the year.

He advised the farmers to avail benefits of government schemes and pay more focus on cultivation of vegetables.