Small farmers in Toba Tek Singh, Punjab will now be given interest-free loans by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a United Nations’ agency that works to combat poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries. The loans will be given through NGOs such as Crofter Foundation (CF) and the Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee (PKRC).
Addressing a joint meeting of different bodies of farmers here on Monday, CF representative Ms. Saima Zia said her NGO’s aim was to help growers, including women peasants, enhance their annual income.
Participants agreed that the practice of multi-cropping and as well other innovative ideas would help small farmers raise their income. Providing guidance and resources for multi-cropping with vegetable and exotic fruits, livestock for peasant women and setting up a small orange processing unit were also discussed as reliable means to help farmers increase their income. The PKRC said it would also organise training sessions at the district level.
General Secretary Farooq Tariq, who chaired the meeting, said the PKRC would help small farmers buy fruit trees such as avocado, lady fingers lime, Mexican guava, red lime and passion fruit for multi-cropping. Developed by a local nursery, these trees have been recommended by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, for small farmers as a way to come out of poverty.
An eight-member committee was elected at the meeting to oversee the new initiatives.
From : pk.mashable.com