Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries’ regional standing committee on horticulture exports Ahmad Jawad on Monday complained about the long delay in the execution of three federal government-funded agricultural projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and regretted that Rs103.727 million funds had been unutilised for the last 13 years.
Among these projects are the establishment of Dhaki Dates Processing Plant in DI Khan, Haripur Collection Point and Cold Storage and Batkhela Collection Point and Cold Storage, the FPCCI body’s chairman said in a statement issued here.
Mr Jawad regretted that the cost of the projects in question had escalated to Rs202.500 million due to the failure of their timely completion.
He said the projects funded under the Export Development Fund were meant to cater to the demands of fruits and vegetable growers, processors and exporters and improve the entire supply chain.
The FPCCI body’s chairman said the horticulture sector remain neglected in the country on part of the provincial government though several requests were made by the FPCCI to the relevant officials in writing.
“Even last year, we sent a letter to the provincial agriculture minister making budgetary recommendations but not a single recommendation was considered in the budget-making process,” he said.
Mr Jawad said the province was blessed with various natural agriculture produce, especially with delicious fruits and vegetables, but attention hadn’t been paid to the sector.
He asked the agriculture department to work closely with the FPCCI regional office for the development of horticulture sector and its exports.
The FPCCI body’s chairman said after approval of the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the provinces had more resources, while the agriculture development was completely a provincial subject.
Bureau Report. FPCCI complains about delay in centre-funded projects. Dawn, November 28, 2017.