unsustainable management practices in Punjab
have damaged soil fertility and health, leading
to promotion of chemical fertilisers which too
is inefficient to the desirable level, according
to the Soil Fertility Atlas recently published
by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
of the United Nations.
warrant adoption of best management practices to
enhance fertiliser use efficiency and improve
soil fertility for sustaining agricultural
productivity, according to the atlas, published
in association with the US Department of
Agriculture and United States Agency for
International Development (USAID)..
During the first
annual meeting of the Olive Development Group
(ODG), USAID Punjab Enabling Environment Project
(PEEP) and Allied Foods signed a grant to
establish a mobile olive extraction unit.
The United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) and
the Government of Punjab established the ODG in
May 2016 as part of their combined effort to
transform the Potohar Valley in Punjab Province
into Pakistan’s first region dedicated to the
cultivation of olives.
The ODG is chaired by
Agriculture Secretary Muhammad Mahmood and
includes representatives from the olive value
chain, academia, and industry associations.
Secretary Mahmood, USAID/Pakistan Mission
Director Jerry Bisson, and a diverse group of
sector stakeholders participated in the meeting.
Agriculture Sector has
been in crisis for the last 3 decades regardless
that it is the most dominant factor of the Pakistani
economy, employing around 40 percent of the labor
units of the country. The global inflation of food
prices summed up with weak demand for export, and
swift fluxes in Cotton and Sugar production over the
years has led to a stagnant state.