The Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) has proposed Rs.1071.300 million for various ongoing and new schemes of National Food Security and Research Division under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the fiscal year 2014-15.
Among these funds Rs.740.165 million would be spent on ongoing schemes and Rs.331.135 on new schemes of the division, official document revealed.
According to break up figures, among the ongoing schemes, Rs.328.804 have been proposed for Research for Agriculture Development Programme (Islamabad).
Similarly, Rs.150 million will be spent on National Institute of Genomics and Advanced Bio-Technology (NIGAB), Islamabad whereas Rs.30 million have been proposed for Pak-China Cooperation for Agriculture Research and Development (PCCARD).
The committee proposed allocations of Rs.21.434 million for establishment of Livestock Research Institute, Turbat, Balochistan, Rs.47.770 million for Indigenizataion of Hybrid Seed Production for Enhanced Crop Production (Islamabad) and Rs.46 million for Monitoring of crops through Satellite Technology (Phase-II).
According to the document, Rs.15.562 million have been proposed for strengthening of Coastal Agriculture Research Station Bhawani, Balochistan and Rs.62.207 million for upgradation and establishment of Animal Quarantine Station in Pakistan.
Out of the total funds of Rs.331.135 proposed for the new schemes of the food security division, Rs.120 million have been proposed for value addition in Agriculture-Cluster Development Approach whereas Rs.100 million have been suggested for promotion of Olive Cultivation on Commercial Scale in the country.
The new schemes also include National Pesticide Reside Residues Monitoring System in Pakistan (at PARC) for which Rs.52.024 million have been proposed in the upcoming PSDP.
The committee proposed Rs.23.574 million for establishment of American Channel Catfish (Ictalurus Punctatus) Hatchery at NARC, Rs.11.939 for Kitchen Gardening-A way to safe and nutritious vegetablesí project.
Similarly, Rs.11.336 million have been proposed for Bovine Spongiform Ecephalopathy (BSE0Mad Cow Disease) Surveillance and Capacity Leading to Negligible Risk Country Status for Pakistan while Rs.1.11 have been proposed for capacity development of Agriculture Extension Services in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
It is pertinent to mention her that the APCC recommended Rs 1310 billion for development budget 2014-15 including federal outlay of Rs 525 billion which is the highest outlay for development of the country.
It recommended the development outlay of Rs 1310 billion including Rs 650 billion for provinces and Rs 135 billion for corporations comprising WAPDA, PEPCO and National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) to be financed by these organizations from their own resources.