KP govt plans to undertake seven new food sector projects

PESHAWAR: Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has planned to launch seven new projects for uplift of food sector in fiscal year 2014-15 with allocation of Rs 187 million besides constructing godowns in four districts of the province to store grains and other food items for consumption of people.
In order to complete these mega projects, the government has allocated Rs 501 million for 11 projects out of which four are ongoing with allocation of Rs 314 million and seven new with allocation of Rs 187 million.
These projects after completion would help ensure food security besides minimising dependency on Punjab regarding exports of wheat and other food items.
An official of Food Department KP said on Thursday the godowns would be constructed at Shangla, Tank, Chitral and Charsadda districts where about 4,000 tonnes grains of foods would be stored. He said government has started feasibility study of the project and work on it would soon be started.
To ensure food security and healthy food for people of the province, feasibility study for assessment and detailed designing of food grain godowns in Malakand, Dir Upper, Swabi, Buner and Kohat would be built in current fiscal year besides initiating work on these mega projects after completion of cordial formalities.
He said this project was included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2014-15 and efforts were being made to purchase land for its construction at earliest. 
He said KP government would launch seven new projects for food sector in current fiscal year that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 187 million.
The government is committed to save wastage of grains including wheat and rice due to scarcity of well equipped grains godowns. He said these godowns would be earthquake proof and would be built as per international standard.
The construction of godowns would help minimise dependency on Punjab regarding wheat’s and rice exports.
Total wheat requirement of the province is about 4.207 million tonnes annually whereas about 1.158 million tonnes wheat is being produced per year by KP showing a shortage of 3.049 million tonnes. 
He said KP and FATA were mostly depended on Punjab as for as wheat and rice requirement is concerned.
The government would launch special campaign against adulteration food and elements involved would be sent behind the bars.
Focus is being made on better planning for food sector in wake of global climatic changes, rising population and nutrition intake values, he said. 

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