Farmers Transitioned from Illegal Yield Development to Grain and Vegetable Production
8th August 2021.
As the US government completes its funding program, it was discovered that over 4,000 farmers and their households switched from illicit crops to clean cereal and vegetables in the newly-merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Farmers were given alternative jobs including 1,200 women from various districts, with wheat, maize, onion, tomato, cucumber, sunflower seeds, and olive plants to cultivate. This was accomplished with the assistance of a venture-funded by the US government’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and carried out by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Farmers were trained in this area and given various agricultural equipment and harvesting machines. This equipment, machines, and farmer training were provided to farmers to make their lives easier and to pave a clear path for them to plant and harvest clean and legal crops.
At the project’s closing ceremony on Friday, INL Director Mark Tervakoski stated that the $984,000 project ensured farmers, who were insecure against poppy development, had alternate solutions, more rewarding, constitutionally protected harvest development liberties to advance a safer and prosperous Pakistan and its different region.
Mohibullah Khan, the Agriculture Minister of KP, and Abid Kamal, the Director-General of the Agriculture Extension Department, also attended the ceremony. Rebekah Bell, FAO Representative in Pakistan, spoke about FAO’s excellent partnership with INL and the KP government. She also emphasized the collaboration under a recently completed project, which has opened up opportunities for the production of high-quality crops and the enhancement of many vulnerable families’ lifestyles in the merged district.
Since the 1980s, INL and the federal government have worked together on counter-narcotics (CN) operations. This and other collaboration with the US has resulted in the abolition of the cultivation of illegal crops. This, in turn, helps to improve and advance vulnerable families.
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