STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has launched a mega olive plantation project in the country.


“Olive plants would be planted at 50,000 acres of land by 2019,” said acting chairman PARC, Dr. M. Azeem Khan, while talking to media in Islamabad.


He also said that working in olive sector will generate huge financial impact in the development of economy and these activities would also create employment generation at larger scale and develop cottage industry in the country near Pak-China Economic Corridor.


Meanwhile, under the five-year (2015-2020) plan, the Punjab Government would provide two million olive saplings free of cost to the farmers of Pothohar region.


Under the first phase, the plantation campaign would formally be launched on February 15. Director, Barani Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) Dr. Muhammad Tariq said that applications were invited in December, 2015 for provision of olive saplings from the eligible farmers of Pothohar region, which includes Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jehlum, Attock and Khushab Districts.