PESHAWAR: Under “Fruits for All Program”, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman has kicked up fruit tree plantation at Regi Lalma on Monday. The plantation driver is organized by Pakistan Customs Peshawar.
The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa planted an olive tree to kick start the plantation. Under the drive, Pakistan Customs Peshawar will plant and look after 250 guavas, apricot and olive trees in Regi Lalma. “It is hoped that there will be so many orchards in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that people will not need to buy fruits,” Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman said.
Farman added that under the governor Fruits for All program, initially, the government is planting 5 million fruit trees across the province. “The soil of our province is very fertile in terms of production of all kinds and quality fruits, but there is a need to plant trees and look after it,” the governor said. The governor said wish that the children of the province get quality and all kinds of fruits for free, therefore, he said fruit trees are being planted in areas that are reachable to the people directly.
Talking about the olive cultivation in the province, the governor said that it can make the province economically strong but there is a need for proper attention to this crop. He said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa agriculture department is doing its best and providing free olive saplings to the farmers in tribal districts and other parts of the province. “If we pay serious attention to olive cultivation, we will become economically strong,” the Governor said while addressing the ceremony.” He added that by increasing mass production of olives will double the province development budget.
“Our province will become an industry for standard olive production and people will also get more employment opportunities,” the governor said.