Lahore:Provincial Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock, Forests and Fisheries, Malik Ahmad Ali has said that Punjab government has started implementation on the programme of provision of green tractors on subsidy to small cultivators under green tractor scheme for the promotion of mechanical agriculture. Under this programme, 20 thousand tractors would be provided and a subsidy of two lakh rupees per tractor will be given. Land levelers, rehabilitation of watercourses, sprinkler and drip irrigation projects are being started at a cost of Rs. 35 billion for meeting the shortage of water in the province besides a research project with three billion rupees has also been launched for the better production of cotton, wheat, rice and other crops, he added. The cultivators should fully benefit from this facility of Punjab government and promote mechanical farming with latest agriculture machinery and increase per acre yield of their crops.
He expressed these views during briefing to media-men after meeting agriculture officers in Circuit House Multan today. Chief Engineer Canals Murtaza Khurshid, Director Mango Research Institute Tanveer Ahmad Mahar, Executive District Officer Agriculture Sardar Muhammad Akbar Khan, Incharge Cotton Research Station Dr. Sagheer Ahmad and Assistant Director Information Agriculture Multan Muhammad Ishaq Lashari were also present on the occasion.