LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has asked the agricultural department to complete distribution of tractors on subsidised price before December 31 next.

Shahbaz Sharif said agriculture sector is a foundation and its promotion and betterment is a surety to the economic and agricultural self-sufficiency at the national level. He said Punjab government has initiated many development programmes aimed at welfare and uplift of farming community, in addition to increasing agriculture productivity to realise the dream of agriculture sector growth. He said farmer-friendly steps taken by the provincial government have yielded positive and encouraging results and per acre productivity has gone much higher. He said Punjab government has initiated process of provision of subsidised tractors, under the Green Tractor Scheme, to farmers, throughout the province, whereas these tractors are being given to the farming community after a transparent balloting process.

The CM expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting regarding progress in provision of tractors under Green Tractor Scheme. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Special Assistant Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Agriculture, Finance, Industry and authorities concerned attended the meeting.

The CM said that during the current year as many as 10,048 tractors are being distributed among farmers while Punjab government is extending a subsidy of Rs.2 lakh on every tractor. He said as many as 10,000 tractors are being distributed throughout the province, after a transparent balloting and merit, while 48 tractors would be distributed at Dera Ghazi Khan and tribal areas of Rajanpur.

He said quota for South Punjab districts has been fixed to be more than the proportion of their population, in order to provide maximum agriculture facilities to farmers of South Punjab.

He directed the concerned authorities to expedite the process of provision of tractors to farmers, which should be completed by December 31 at all costs. The Chief Minister also directed to constitute a high-level committee in this regard, which will oversee the process of transparent distribution of tractors.