Pakistan is an agricultural country, and major portion of its economy is directly linked with agricultural products. It is a fact that only a portion of the farmers/cultivators are affluent and self-sufficient enough to maintain high quality farming, yielding large quantities of crops, earning handsome capital. Most of the farmers are poor, or do not have enough resources to earn a respectable living.
Prime Minister of Pakistan, being well aware of the fact, announced a historical relief package in October 2015, for benefiting the poor farmers of Pakistan, especially those who sustained damages and loss to cultivated land of cotton and sugarcane, during 2015 floods. It was decided that relief package will be provided to the poor farmers having 12.5 acres of land, so that they can purchase quality seeds and manure for increased production.
Cash support amounting to a total of 32 billion was aimed to benefit 1.6 million farmers.
The programme was launched by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Lodhran and Sialkot districts on 5th November 2015. In Punjab, with close coordination of PDMA, 166 Disbursement Centres were established in 33 districts, where representatives of PITB, Urban Unit, NADRA, Bank of Punjab, and National Bank of Pakistan conducted One Window operation, facilitating 200 people on average daily at each centre, thus making the dream of facilitating the poor, a glaring reality. The Government has carried out all possible efforts to ensure transparency and accountability.
This historical and exemplary relief package is promised to be a major milestone for the poor farmers in their struggle for survival.