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The federal govt is going to launch a ‘50 Million Olive Tree Tsunami’ challenge around the nation to help poor farmers. Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam introduced this on Sunday after visiting the olive farms in Chakwal district. Under the initiative, millions of olive trees can be planted in the areas hit through water shortage, droughts, and plunging groundwater levels, he said.

Part of ’10 Billion Tree Tsunami’

The venture is part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘10 Billion Tree Tsunami’ and might be done with the assistance of provincial governments on an pressing basis.

Advisor to PM on Climate Change mentioned that they’d issued directives to the ministry’s forest officials to come up with a viable nationwide plan.

The initiative will goal particularly smallholder farmers of positive areas in Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that face water scarcity for cultivation.

He discussed that the federal government will assist build garage ponds in the drought-hit areas for olive tree plantation. Besides, rainwater harvesting and different complicated irrigation technologies may also be used.

Why Olive Trees?

Amin Aslam highlighted that the olive tree is a drought-tolerant staple plant that can face up to quite a lot of adversarial results of climate alternate.

He stated that the addition of olive tree plantation in the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami challenge will turn such water-stressed spaces into a food basket.

The transfer will not best lend a hand battle climate exchange effects but will even generate earnings for the local farmers and the federal government.

The performing Inspector-General Forest, Suleman Warraich, noted that Pakistan is among the worst-hit nations from climate alternate. Salim, who also leads the Prime Minister’s 10 Billion Tree program, said:

Olive farming, alternatively, may also be simply carried out in the country’s spaces that witness widespread droughts, frosts, heatwaves, and warming-caused hearth events. Because, the olive timber grow neatly even with low water irrigation and are naturally in a position to regenerating after being hit by way of frost, heat waves, fire incidents because of its marvelous regeneration capacity due to their dormant buds.

Benefits of the Project

Warraich elaborated that if the undertaking is achieved effectively, it’s going to no longer only provide an income movement for the smallholder farmers of such areas but may even lower at the country’s edible oil import bill.

The different advantages that he mentioned are:

Soil conservation

Increased tree cover in drought-hit areas

Reduced import bill

Increase in revenue

Resistance to climate change results

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