FAO distributes kharif crops package in merged districts

Musarrat Ullah Jan

PESHAWAR: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) on Monday has started the distribution of kharif crops package to 16000 deserving formers in the newly-merged tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

According to the officials, the package comprised of 25 kg maize, 1.5 kg sunflower, 5 kg red beans and 10 kg French beans for each and every farmer, whereas the distribution is being conducted in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in strict compliance with the Covid-19 prevention protocols.

“The aim of this program is to support the adversely affected farming community of erstwhile FATA in the prevailing situation of Corona pandemic by making the farmers enable to earn sustainable livelihood for themselves,” an official stated.

“Providing farmers with a package of high quality certified seeds such as maize, sunflower and beans for the kharif season will also contribute to ensure some dietary diversification as well as supply to keep markets and food supply chains going on,” said Mina Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan.

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