ISLAMABAD  - The government has allocated Rs.200 billion for agriculture credit disbursements for the year 2007-08 which was 25 percent higher than the allocation of Rs.160 billion allocated in year 2006-07. According to an official document, the Agricultural credit provides financial resource to the farming community particularly for purchase of primary inputs like fertilizer, seed, pesticides, machinery, equipments etc. The Government considers it as an important instrument for achieving higher production and attaches high priority to ensure its timely availability to the farmers. Credit requirements of the farming community have shown an increasing trend over the year. In order to cope with the increasing demand for agricultural credit, institutional credit to farmers is being provided through Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Commercial Banks, Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Ltd. (PPCBL) and Domestic Private Banks. The Government has allocated Rs 200 billion for agriculture credit disbursements for the year 2007-08 which is 25 percent higher than the allocation of the preceding year i.e. Rs 160 billion. Out of the total credit target of Rs 200 billion, Rs 96.5 billion were allocated to commercial banks, Rs 60 billion to ZTBL, Rs 8 billion to Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Ltd, and Rs 35.5 billion to Domestic Private Commercial Banks. The agricultural loans extended to the farming community during July-March, 2007-08, an Agricultural loans amounting to Rs. 138.6 billion were disbursed as against Rs. 111.2 billion during the corresponding period lat year, thereby registering an increase of 24.6 percent. The share of ZTBL in supply of total agricultural credit by institutions decreased and was 28.6 percent during (July-March 2007-08) However, the share of Commercial Banks has surpassed the share of ZTBL; it was 47 percent of the total agricultural credit disbursed during July-March 2007-08. While the share of PPCBL has also decreased as it stood at 2.8 percent in supply of total agricultural credit by institution. The share of domestic private bank has increased; as it was 21.6 percent of the total agricultural credit disbursed during July-2007-08. The ZTBL continued its expeditious delivery of credit to farmers with special reference to subsistence and small farmers through "One Window Operations".   This programme has established its importance by witnessing tremendous strength in timely channeling of production loans to small farmers, which contributed significantly towards increasing farm production. The programme is conducted by the Bank in coordination with the officials of Provincial Revenue Department and Pakistan Post Office once a week on Monday for Rabi crops during the period from October to January and for Kharif crops from April to September each year. Under "One Window Operation" loans are processed on the spot and sanctioned in the branches within 3 days. For providing timely input loans for crops and working capital for dairy poultry and fisheries, the Bank has launched Sada Bahar Scheme (SBS) Assessment for input requirements for the whole year is made at the time of first application.