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Pakistan to plant four mn olive trees for cooking oil

Posted on Dec 17, 07:49AM | IANS

Four million olive saplings will be planted in Pakistan's northwest tribal province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the region to become self-sufficient in cooking oil, a minister said.

Provincial Minister for Agriculture Arbab Ayub Jan said the government has launched a Rs.500 million mechanised farming plan to bring in an agriculture revolution, the Dawn reported.

Problems like poverty, lawlessness and unemployment could be partly overcome with agricultural development, as Pakistan could grow different crops, fruits and vegetables through the year.

The minister said the government was also focusing on new fruit orchards. New cold storages and plants for grading and polishing of fruits will be built.