ISLAMABAD (APP) - Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) has so far received 2,82000 applications for tractors under Benazir Tractor Scheme for the provision of the tractors to the farmers on subsidized rates. The present Government has started the Scheme with an aim to provide modern agri-equipments to growers to bring green revolution in the country besides make the country self-sufficient in food grain production and improve the livelihood of the farmers living in rural areas, an official of the Bank told APP here on Wednesday. He informed that about 3,25000 printed farms were issued across the country so far at a cost of Rs. 100 per farm beside this about 1,15,000 on-line application farms were also available for the farmers to apply for tractor. In the first phase of the scheme, he said that government would provide Rs. two billion subsidy on 10,000 tractors, adding that Rs. 200,000 subsidy to be provided on each tractor. All local manufactured and legally imported tractors would be available under Benazir Tractor Scheme and ZTBL would also offer loan facility to growers to take benefit from the scheme, he added. A ministerial committee, including Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Industries and production and Ministry of Finance under Food Minister on the chair were involved to make the distribution process more transparent, he said. About the distribution mechanism, he said that all the applications would be scrutinized and applications fulfilling the criteria would be considered for grant of the tractor. These applications would be further processed on tahsil basis to cover more and more area of the country and 20 tractors would be provided in every tehsil. The final draw would be held on August 14, President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to be the chief gust on the occasion and distribute the tractors among the farmers, he added. He also informed that to further facilitate the farmers the last date for applications was extended to August 5 and Bank would collect application till 10 pm on Wednesday.