LAHORE – Drip and Sprinkler Irrigation Systems would be installed on 7,000 acres in 14 districts of Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur and DG Khan Divisions under a mega irrigation project “Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (PIPIP)”. A total 2,58,000 applications have been received under Green Tractor Scheme for rural youth. This was told here in a high level meeting on Thursday. Agriculture Secretary Mushtaq Ahmad chaired the meeting.

Water Management DG told the meeting that drip and sprinkler irrigation systems would be installed in all Districts of Multan, Bahawalpur, DG Khan and Sahiwal Divisions on 1850, 1800, 2150 and 2150 acres respectively under the project “PIPIP”. He further told that balloting for providing 350 laser land leveling units to the farmers at subsidy under the project has been scheduled during 3rd week of September, 2012. Dr. Anjum Ali while briefing about provision of tractor under Green Tractor Scheme told that more than 2,58,000 applications have been received and tehsil wise transparent balloting is being scheduled on 1st October, 2012. He told that Punjab Government will provide 20,000 tractors to young farmers under Green Tractor Scheme 2012-13 for which the total subsidy of Rs4 billion will be provided. He informed the meeting that 9,60,000 cotton bales have been reported in the factories by Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) which is more than twice during the same period of last year. He further told that a training workshop will be organised on 17th October, 2012 for DDOs of respective Tehsils and lucky winners of Green Tractor Scheme will get the tractors up to 31st December, 2012.

Agriculture Secretary directed to exert concerted efforts to control CLCV attack on cotton crop and to ensure achieving production target of 10.05 million cotton bales and provide all necessary guidance against CLCV. He further directed field staff to provide guidance to the farmers to control insect pests through good agricultural practices and motivate them to adopt high efficiency irrigation systems for judicious use of available irrigation water and productivity enhancement.

He also held a meeting with Commissioner, Bahawalpur and DCOs of Bahawalnagar, RY Khan and Bahawalpur Districts and reviewed implementation of various farmer friendly initiatives of Punjab Government.