Army set to initiate ‘corporate farming’ on 45,267 acres in Punjab
- Agreement was once signed on March 08.
- Army will play a task at control degree.
- Corporate sector would even be integrated in this undertaking.
ISLAMABAD: The Punjab executive has allotted over 45,000 acres of land to the Pakistan Army for a “Corporate Agriculture Farming” undertaking in the form of a “joint venture” to fortify the crop yield in order to make certain meals autarky, in accordance to a file printed in The News on Friday.
“The army will play a role at the management level to make the project a success story. However, the ownership of the land will continue to stay with the provincial government. The military will not get any profit or share in the revenue to be mopped from corporate agriculture farming,” assets in the military confided.
The file said that company agriculture farming will likely be initiated on 45,267 acres of the Punjab executive in the Bhakkar, Khushab and Sahiwal districts. The undertaking will likely be finished in levels.
The military performs a task annually, they stated, in the desilting of canals to make certain water availability to agricultural land in order to make certain meals safety.
“The army in the past also remained a part of projects of national importance such as building the Karakoram Highway. It has now decided to play its role in increasing the agriculture yield, as this is the lowest-hanging fruit which can play a pivotal role in jacking up the economic outlook of the country. The army will facilitate the project and nothing else. So the criticism in the social media is uncalled for.”
According to the assets, company corporations would even be integrated in this undertaking, which will likely be finished in levels.
Under the undertaking, state lands of the Punjab executive that are barren and under-cultivated will likely be utilised for company farming. The locals can be made a part of the undertaking for contemporary and mechanized farming.
“The produce will not only be utilised to cater to the food needs of the country but also be used in improving the foreign exchange reserves by exporting the agriculture products.”
The undertaking is reasonably difficult, as the availability of water to make the land cultivable will likely be a big job.
The three way partnership control settlement was once signed on March 8, 2023, with the Punjab executive.
“Under the agreement, the Punjab government will hand over its state lands of 45,267 acres to the army for corporate agriculture farming,” discloses an professional correspondence that happened on March 10, 2023, between the military and Member (Colonies) Board of Review of Punjab.
And to this impact, the Board of Revenue has been requested to surrender via March 17, 2023, 10,273 acres of the Livestock division, Mouza Rakh Ghuman, Tehsil Kalloor Kot, district Bhakkar; via March 23, 27 acres of land of the Forest division, Muaza Gohar Wala, Tehsil Kalloor, Bhakkar and via March 15, 9,424 acres of land of Livestock division, Rakh Mahni, Tehsil Mankera, Bhakkar.
The Revenue Board of Punjab has been requested to supply via March 17, 981 acres of the farm animals division, Chak 61 MB, tehsil and district Khushab, and via 18 March 837 acres of land of the Agriculture Department, Chak 5 MB, tehsil Quaidabad, district Khushab.
It has additionally been directed to surrender 725 acres of land of the provincial executive, Chak 12/11 L, Tehsil Chichawatni, district Sahiwal.
The departments are allowed to stay parts as in step with their necessities for analysis wishes. However, analysis proposals will likely be shared for higher control.