Balochistan Agriculture Police Approved
File Photo: Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan chairing a meeting of provincial cabinet: Photo provided by DGPR

Balochistan Agriculture Policy Approved

Manan Mandokhail :

The provincial cabinet has approved the Balochistan Agriculture Policy 2021 to promote the agriculture sector in the province on Thursday. Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan chaired the provincial cabinet meeting that made a number of important decisions. The cabinet was also informed that a farmer card would be issued soon to provide facilities to the farmers across Balochistan.

The said policy will increase the production of high-value crops, on-farm water productivity, modernize the production and improve the quality of agribusiness. In order to enhance the institutional reforms of the Department of Agriculture, rules will be framed keeping in view the contents of this regulation so that the sale and delivery in the province while the quality and sale of fertilizers can be kept as per the set standards.

Approving the increase in the estimated cost of modern slaughterhouse and meat processing and packing unit in Zhob district, the Cabinet directed that steps be taken to run it on Public-Private Partnership model.

The Cabinet also decided to conduct laboratory tests and complete studies of drinking water from Pat feeder, Khirthar Canal, and Kachi canal to make the drinking water clean and potable. To this end, it was decided to set up a committee comprising secretaries of health, PHE, environment, and irrigation. The Cabinet approved the amendment in the Balochistan Government Rules of Business 2021 Forest and Wildlife Department.

The Cabinet also approved the revision of the road maintenance from Nawan Killi Check Post to Chief Minister Annexe. The Cabinet, while changing the name of the Balochistan Special Children Program under the Social Welfare Department, directed that a formal plan for skill development of special persons and establishment of high-quality rehabilitation centers be presented at the next Cabinet meeting. Important decisions were also taken regarding the procurement of wheat and it was directed that all possible steps be taken to maintain the supply chain of wheat.

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