STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB) is contemplating restoration of its palm oil trees cultivation project along the coastal belt of Sindh and Balochistan in order to meet the increasing demand of edible oil and save the precious foreign exchange being spent on import of palm oil.

PODB Managing Director Syed Nasir Ali Shah has recently undertook an extensive tour of the country after restoration of the department and held meetings with the stakeholders to evolve a joint strategy for increasing the oilseed production in the country.

The plantation of palm oil trees on the 1200-1300 kilometer-long coastal belt of Sindh and Balochistan is strongly mulled, which is most suitable for the task. Both PARC and PODB have agreed to collaborate in this regard with PARC helping by doing basic research for the suitable germ plasma, where as PODB being a Federal Government organisation to work for reviving the missing links domestically and internationally.

The PODB MD said that the proposal of restoration of palm oil project is in its initial stage. He said that after meeting stakeholders he had proposed the ministry for continuation of olive project too in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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