KARACHI - The city's precious agricultural land in Gaddap, Malir and Bin Qasim started producing vegetables and other edible items in bulk due to the hectic efforts of the city and Federal Governments. The agriculture department of the city government, in collaboration with the Federal Govt's National Programme of Improvement of Watercourses (NPIW), made this miracle possible, The Nation has learnt on Sunday. The city's 33,114-hectare agricultural land used to produce only ten percent of the total demand of vegetable and fruits till last year, sources said. However, after the construction of watercourses and incentives provided to the local farmers, the production of various crops and fruits has increased significantly, sources in the agricultural department said. It is worthy of mention that due to the shortage of agriculture water and negligence of the government functionaries, the farmers in suburban areas of Gadap, Malir and Bin Qasim towns were bound to convert a huge tract of agriculture land into residential and commercial areas. But now the city government is giving full attention to the agriculture sector as loans are being given to the farmers. If the farmers spend 20 percent on the construction of watercourses or installation of tube-wells, the city government will provide eighty per cent of the amount as subsidy, Arif Bhatti chairman agricultural committee group of office of city government claimed. He further expressed that officers and staffers of agricultural department had been appointed in each and every UC of Gadap, Malir and Bin Qasim Town, where they would help the farmers and growers. He further elaborated that as development work was going in full pace, the cultivation of various crops in the suburbs of the city would further increase in the forthcoming seasons. The wholesalers and shopkeepers, in Sabzi and Fruit Mandi near Shorab Goth at Supper Highway, recalled that till the mid of the 1980s, around 60 to 70 percent demand of vegetables and number of fruits were produced from the Karachi 's agricultural land, but this trend had reduced slowly and the city became dependent on vegetables and fruits produced in its adjoining cities, Sabzi Mandi shopkeepers said. Chairman agriculture committee of CDGK Arif Bhatti further vowed that seminars and training programs would be organised to educate and train the growers about the usage of seeds, urea, construction of watercourses and installation of tube wells. The Agriculture Department has seven major sections under it including agriculture extension, on farm water management, livestock, and poultry development, fisheries, forests and veterinary services.