STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as 1,300 acres of land have been brought under olive cultivation in less than one year under the Olive Promotion Project launched by the PARC with an aim to exploit the potential in this sector and make the country self sufficient in olive production.
The project was launched in mid last year under the debt swap agreement between PARC and the Italian government. The country is using millions of dollars for importing oil, however if the existing olive cultivation potential is tapped, the country would be in position to export olive.
The PARC in coordination with the provincial governments aims to bring 3500 acres of land under olive cultivation in three years to help country reduce its oil imports and save millions of dollars spent for this purpose, he said. In addition to these 3500 acres of land, the council has been conducting a thorough survey all across the country to identify further land for olive cultivation, the Chairman further revealed.
The PARC Chairman said that the council has so far established nine training workshops and trained over 300 farmers, technicians and NGO people for olive cultivation, orchards management and value addition.

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