KARACHI - A palm oil extraction plant being run by the Sindh’s Environment and Coastal De-velopment departments has started production on Wednesday.

Sindh’s Adviser for Environment and Coastal Development, Brrister Murtaza Wahab visited the palm oil extraction plant and the palm tree fields in Thatta dis-trict.

The Sindh government has successfully carried out the first ever pilot project of growing palm oil trees in the province in Thatta, provincial adviser said.

Wahab termed the completion of the pilot project a milestone for palm oil local production. He said oil palm trees had been planted on 50 acres of government land under a pilot project and all the trees had now grown up for oil extraction.

Provincial adviser said that the palm oil extraction plant would produce two ton of oil per day.

“Pakistan annually spends four billion dollars’ foreign exchange over the import of palm oil,” Murtaza Wahab said.

He said the local production of palm oil would help the country substantially save its precious foreign currency reserves.

He said after successful completion of the palm oil pilot project the government of Sindh had decided to further expand the project and allocated more land for  plantation of the palm oil trees.