Olive plants being provided to boost production.
Provision of two million good quality and high yielding olive plants is under way to make Pothohar an olive valley.
A spokesman for the Punjab Agriculture Department announced it here.
Under a five-year government project, which is aimed at promotion of olive growth, farmers of Chakwal, Jhelum, Attock, Rawalpindi, Mianwali and Khushab were being given olive plants free-of-cost, he added.
He said that under the project, farmers were also being provided financial assistance up to 70 per cent for installing tube-wells, while 60 per cent financial support was being for setting up drip irrigation system.
Landlords were also being given free technical training and recommendations, he added.
The spokesman said that interested farmers could submit their application till August 31 to get free-of-cost plants besides contacting on 0543-662001/662004 numbers to get information in this regard.
Application forms could be downloaded from www.barichakwal.agripunjab.gov.pk and www.barichakwal.org, he added.
Date growers advised to irrigate the date orchids as during the months of July and August, water and other nutritional needs of the plants get high.
A spokesman for the Punjab Agriculture Department said Sunday that growers must irrigate the date orchids with an interval of 7 to 8 days, keeping in view weather conditions.
Irrigation helps reduce temperature of the land, which not only boosts the growth of fruit but also improves its quality.
. Newly planted saplings should be irrigated every second day so that plants remain protected from negative impact of hot weather.