LAHORE – The Punjab Irrigation Department (PID) has claimed to distribute 50,000 wheat seed bags among 20,000 eligible farmers free of cost in three districts of Punjab till November 5. The seed distribution activity is scheduled to be completed by mid of November.

The department has launched the seed distribution plan for small farmers, having land up to five acres, in Thal Canal command area of district Khushab, Mianwali and Bhakkar for Rabi crop 2012-13.

Wheat seed will be distributed in two phases. In phase-I, which commenced from October 15, wheat seed bags were being provided to farmers of above stated three districts.

Whereas the distribution will take place for Rabi crops 2013-14 in districts of Layyah and Muzaffargarh. For the execution of the wheat seed distribution plan, services of Punjab Rural Support Programme have been sought. In order to ensure timely distribution of wheat seed to the eligible farmers for early sowing of crop, a number of distribution centres have been established at tehsil level.

It has been informed in a statement that the Punjab government under the Punjab Barrages Improvement Phase-II Project has undertaken rehabilitation and modernization of the Jinnah Barrage and improvement and modernization of the irrigation and water management system.

To address the social impact of the project, Social Development Action Plan has been developed.

One of the components of this plan is to promote early sowing of wheat crop in command areas of Jinnah Barrage and certified wheat seeds are being distributed amongst the farmers free of cost for the purpose.