STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has embarked upon a plan to impart training to women farmers to make value added olive products by utilizing their own fruit to upraise standard of living.
“To develop cottage industry in target areas, woman farmers are being trained which would play important role in poverty alleviation of respective areas”, spokesman of PARC told the media in Islamabad.
He said working in olive sector at this massive scale would also generate huge financial impact in the development of economy.
He informed that as part of its mega olive project for olive plantation at 50,000 acres in the country till 2019, the PARC would plant 700,000 new olive plants across the country by March this year.
“The project has already completed plantation at an area of 7166 acres in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Balochistan”, he added.The spokesman said the project had developed protocols of two olive varieties for propagation though tissue culture technology.
He revealed that seven olive nurseries have been established so-far and 13 specialized nurseries are in the process of establishment at different components.
He said the project had also established and managed olive mother blocks at all provincial components which would be useful for propagation of true to type olive plants.PARC is ready to purchase and install 11 oil mills of different capacity at suitable locations for quick processing of farmers produce, he added.