LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has given approval to the pilot project of providing bio-gas tubewell plants to small farmers on soft terms. The pilot project will be started from district Bahawalnagar of South Punjab and Kasur, under which 36 biogas tubewell plants will be given to small farmers of both these districts.

He gave this approval while presiding over a high level meeting here on Tuesday. Ms Tonge Botin, Managing Director of International Consultant Bio Energy Berlin, Germany, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretary Livestock, Secretary Agriculture, Special Secretary Finance and concerned officials attended the meeting. German consultant gave a briefing with regard to pilot project of biogas tube-wells.

Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that development of agriculture sector is top priority of the government. He said that solid strategy has been evolved for promotion of agriculture and effective steps have been taken for the betterment and prosperity of small farmers. The Chief Minister said that a subsidy of Rs 2 lakh will be given on biogas tubewells to the farmers having less than 12.5 acres land. He said that biogas tubewell plants will be distributed in a transparent manner.

 He said that training regarding running biogas tubewells will also be provided to small farmers.

Shahbaz Sharif directed that steps should be taken for starting this pilot project from February 2015. He said that production expenses of small farmers will reduce substantially through use of biogas tube-wells.