Balochistan's readiness towards modern agriculture.


Byline: Syed Fazl-E-Haider

Balochistan government led by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan plans to increase agricultural output by devising out of the box and effective solutions. The provincial government is taking radical steps to modernize dilapidated agriculture of the province and introduce latest equipment and techniques to cope with the drought areas of the province. The province plans to install innovative technology on each acre that would help increase production. Under the government's initiative, proper training on latest parameters would be imparted to Agriculture Department officers at divisional headquarters in the first phase. These trained officers, in the second phase, would train and support the farmers to shift their agriculture practices on modern lines.

It is good that present provincial government has realized the need to bring about a shift from traditional to a technology based farming system in the province. This would require the use of appropriate agricultural inputs in technologically feasible and economically profitable manner. In context of chemical technology, the fertilizers offer tremendous scope and assistance to enhance agriculture production. Fruit crops are grown in the northern parts of the province. Its huge yield potential of high quality deciduous fruits can efficiently be tapped by making investments in establishing 'crop specific zone' and 'fruit processing units' in the province.

Chief Minister Jam Kamal may seek the help of the federal government in his modernization plan for the agro sector. Federal government can provide bulldozers, which may be hired out to the farmers at no profit no loss basis to facilitate them in reclaiming the cultivable wasteland. According to one estimate, around 146,250 hectares of cultivable wasteland in can be reclaimed through the use of 200 bulldozers in the province. The government should encourage the small farmers by initiating an easy loaning policy for them to get bulldozers and tractors so that acute problem of land leveling and land development in remote areas of the province, could be resolved.

There is a lot of potential for development in the agriculture livestock and dairy sectors, as Balochistan can earn a substantial amount of income by exporting the products in these sectors to the lucrative markets in the food deficit region - Afghanistan and Central Asia.

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