KARACHI - Gadap Town administration is planning to introduce drip irrigation system for the cultivation of wheat and other crops, including vegetables and fruits, Gadap Town nazim Murtaza Baloch told the Nation on Wednesday. It may be noted that Karachi has 33,114 hectares agriculture land in various towns of the city. Federal government has also launched the National Programme for Improvement of Watercourses (NPIW) here in collaboration with Sindh government and the CDGK. Due to the construction of watercourses and incentives provided to local farmers, production of various crops and fruits has increased significantly and now the local administration is planning to cultivate wheat in Gadap through advanced drip irrigation system, said Murtaza Baloch a few days ago while briefing the Aadviser to Sindh Chief Minister, Sharmila Farooqui, during her visit to the area. He said the drip irrigation system would also be used in the wheat cultivation. If the Sindh government provide full assistance and cooperation to the farmers and growers in rural areas of the Karachi city, they can increase the yield of various crops, vegetables and fruits to fulfill needs of the entire population of the metropolis, he said. During her visit, Sharmila Fqarooqui assured the Gadap Town Nazim that she would send a comprehensive report on the plight and problems of farmers in rural areas of Karachi, to the chief minister of Sindh and recommend measures to resolve them as soon as possible. The Advisor added that if provided assistance and facilities, farmers in Gadap Town could remove shortage of vegetables and fruits in City. Meanwhile, Chairman CDGK Agriculture Committee, Arif Bhatti, told The Nation that government was committed to boost the cultivation of various crops and fruits at the fertile lands in the outskirts of the metropolis through attractive incentives for local farmers. He added that seminars and training programmes were being organised to educate and train the growers regarding the use of seeds, fertilizers, construction of watercourses and installation of tube-wells. He mentioned that the agriculture land in Karachi existed in Gadap, Malir and Bin Qasim towns where farmers were producing tomatoes, peas, onion, carrots and other vegetables and fruits such as guava and others. It may be noted that due to the shortage of water and negligence of the government functionaries, farmers in suburban areas of Gadap, Malir and Bin Qasim towns had converted huge tracts of agriculture lands into residential and commercial areas. But now the federal government, in collaboration with Sindh government and the CDGK, is paying full attention to the agriculture sector of the city and providing loans to the farmers. If the farmers spend 20 per cent on the construction of watercourses or installation of tube-wells, the CDGK provides 80 per cent of the total expenditures, Bhatti said.