ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has embarked upon a plan to impart training to female farmers to make value added olive products by utilising their own fruit.
“To develop the cottage industry in target areas, female farmers are being trained. This would play an important role in poverty alleviation of respective areas,” spokesman of PARC told APP here on Wednesday.
He said working in the olive sector at this massive scale would also generate a huge financial impact in the development of the economy.
He informed that as part of its mega olive project for olive plantation at 50,000 acres in the country till 2019, Parc would plant 700,000 new olive plants across the country during February and March.
“The project has already completed plantation at an area of 7,166 acres in Punjab, Khybe- Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, and Balochistan”, he added.
The spokesman said the project had developed protocols of two olive varieties for propagation through tissue culture technology. Seven olive nurseries have been established so far and 13 specialised nurseries are in the process of establishment at different components.
He said the project had also been established and managed olive mother blocks at all provincial components which would be useful for propagation of olive plants.
“Parc is ready to purchase and install 11 oil mills of different capacity at suitable locations for quick processing of farmers produce,” he added.
He said that Parc was going to complete the new olive plantation under the olive commercial project at 8,000 acres during 2015-16. Additionally, the official informed that 1,250 persons have been trained at different districts under provincial components for orchard lay-out, orchard management, olive nursery raising and management and post-harvest handling of olive fruit and value addition.
Source: The Express Tribune