Govt spends Rs 322.673 mln on food security research projects

ISLAMABAD: The government has so far spent an amount of Rs 322.763 million on different research and development projects of Ministry of National Food Security and Research under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2017-18.

The government in its federal budget 2017-18 had allocated an amount of Rs 1614.266 million for different development projects for the uplift of the agriculture sector of the country.

Upto September 29, an amount of Rs 103.725 million was released for risk based control of foot and mouth disease in Pakistan as against the total allocation of Rs 134.920 million.

Meanwhile, the government has provided Rs 100 million for promotion of olive cultivation on commercial scale in the country in order to promote the edible oil production, where as the government has allocated Rs 500 million for the projects in its PSDP of the current financial year.

Under PSDP 2017-18, the government has also released Rs 56.862 million for national pesticide residue monitoring system as against the total allocation of Rs.284.308 million.

The government has released Rs. 4 million for the establishment of animal quarantine station at Gwadar (Phase-II) in order to exploiting the livestock potential development of the Balochistan Province.

An amount of Rs 3.843 million was released for establishment of horticulture research institute Khuzdar, Balochistan for promoting the sector in the porvince.