LAHORE – Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that measures taken for the welfare of farmers under the Kissan Package have yielded positive results and this proves the billions of rupees package has provided relief to farmers.
A bumper crop of wheat this year benefited small farmers, he said, and added that cultivated area had also been increased. He said that bumper crops next year will economically strengthen farmers.
Talking to elected representatives here on Saturday, Shehbaz said that farmers were his brothers and their welfare was very dear to him. He said the PML-N government had protected rights of farmers at every level and added that the programme aimed at providing interest-free loans to farmers was a milestone in the agriculture sector. He said that interest-free loans were given to over 160,000 small farmers in last six months. He said that interest-free loans of Rs100 billion were being given to farmers owning 12 acres of land and 600,000 farmers would benefit from this programme in Punjab. He said the Punjab government had given rights to small farmers and the interest-free loan scheme was an important step towards empowerment of farmers. He said it was the first time in the history of the country that interest-free loans were being given to small farmers and this programme was being implemented on a fast track. He said that agri production would increase and small farmers would become prosperous through this programme. He said this programme would prove to be a step towards a green revolution in the province.
The chief minister said that a transparent and foolproof system had been adopted to implement this programme and added that only small farmers would benefit from it. He said that landless farmers were also benefiting from this programme and the procedure to get loans by farmers had been made easy through the digital system.
The chief minister said that thousands of kilometres long carpeted roads had been…