Flood-hit farmers to be provided subsidized wheat, edible oil seeds, fertilizer bag per acre: Cheema

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Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema says the government will provide subsidized wheat and edible oil seeds and one fertilizer bag per acre to farmers in the calamity hit areas.

He was talking to a delegation led by World Bank’s South Asia Regional Director for Sustainable Development John A Roome.

Tariq Bashir Cheema said that flood and rains have played havoc on the agriculture sector and have devastated the farming community. He said the Federal Government will provide subsidized inputs to flood affected farmers for the upcoming Rabi season on a cost-sharing basis with the provinces. He hoped that farmers will be able to stand back on their feet after this support.

John A Roome agreed to support rehabilitation of the farming community in flood affected districts and locus hit areas through the Locust Emergency and Food Security project of the World Bank.  He expressed the commitment to request the World Bank Group Board to increase support for Pakistan to recover from the devastations caused by unprecedented floods.

Source: Radio Pakistan

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