Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure facilities for production. Distribution and Marketing of quality seeds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Agriculture accounts for 24% in provincial GDP with 70% of livelihood dependence. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province wheat produce is low at 696.06/kilograms/ acre mainly because of non-availability of certified seeds of cereal and other crops.
The project is proposed to develop and strengthen infrastructure facilities for production of quality seeds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The locations for proposed projects are districts of D.I.Khan, Mardan, Bannu, Karak, Hangu, Nowshera, Haripur, Peshawar, Kohat, Buner, Swat, Haripur, Chitral & Dir lower.
The project is proposed to overcome the problem, and to develop and strengthen infrastructure facilities for production of quality seed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The provincial Agriculture Extension Department inherits government seed farms which are basic units of seed production. These units are if provided with required facilities namely land development, lining of water courses, harvest facilities, mechanized farming tools, post-harvest technologies etc than produce of quality seed would be enhanced.
The scope of the project includes; increasing production of certified/ quality seed, strengthening the seed multiplication chain through assistance to public and private sector, popularize new varieties, strengthening and modernizing infrastructure for seed production, storage, certification and quality control particularly compliance with the provisions of the seeds act; seed standards & encourage partnerships, ensuring availability of seed in contingent situations, facilitating dissemination of seed related information, education and communication.
The cost of the project is Rs. 632.00 million. In investment context, the proposed project has po tential to offer profitable returns in quick time to the investors. Its local consumption and exports will be a major source of generation of funds. Skilled, semi-skilled labour and basic utilities are accessible in the area.
The project provides an opportunity for the donor agencies / investors for investment and to recoup the capital investment with profit. It can be executed through Joint Venture or any mean mutually agreed by the provincial government and the investor. The project is open for all the state-owned, state-supported and private entities.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will facilitate investors for interaction with relevant agencies and is committed to be the partner of investor by providing all the basic facilities in the execution of project. It will provide all legal and technical assistance to the investors. The government will provide assurance of money security. Moreover, the investors friendly security situation prevails in the province.