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Corporate farming by defence forces gets a jumpstart

KHANEWAL: The cutting-edge corporate agriculture farming Sunday got a jumpstart by the defence forces in a multi-billion dollar move, aiming to ensure national food security and tapping the export market.


“We launched a modern corporate farming project to take Pakistan’s agriculture to new height. Our main focus area has been import-substitution farming so that domestic production can eventually replace billions of dollar worth of imports,” said Maj Gen (Retd) Tahir Aslam, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FonGrow, a subsidiary of Fauji Foundation, which is spearheaded by defence institutions.

Aslam termed FonGrow a harbinger of completely mechanised, smart farming in the country as part of a flagship project of Green Pakistan Initiative, recently launched under the auspices of Pakistan Army at a function attended by the prime minister and Chief of the Army Staff.

He was talking to Lahore-based journalists during a media visit to the 2,250-acre site of country’s first corporate farm on Sunday, which is scheduled to be formally inaugurated by prime minister and Army Chief today (Monday).

Tahir said FonGrow was devolving a model that could be replicated by foreign investors at a later stage.

“We strive to expand corporate farms to 100,000 acres for cultivating wheat, cotton, oilseed crops, soybean and sesame in different districts of the country. The Green Initiative eyes corporate farming at one million acres of land by fostering partnership with various foreign and local players,” he added.

“We have set up this platform on the premise to achieve goal of reducing foreign dependency through enhanced local production. Our first trial of maize crop has yielded 20 percent more output than output of progressive farmers and that too with lesser use of water, fertiliser and other inputs.

“The establishment of FonGrow farm is truly the first step towards agricultural revolution. This is a one-of-a-kind agricultural system spread over 2,250 acres at Porowal which is planned to be expanded under a robust development plan in the next five years. It consists of mostly barren piece of land,” he said.

To a question, he made it clear that they were not against or competing with small-scale farmers. Rather, he claimed, this initiative would help introduce best farming practices at different levels.

Muhammad Zahid Aziz, Manager Farms, said the country’s agriculture needs to be expanded both horizontally and vertically with a view to increasing area under cultivation and enhancing per acre yield.

FonGrow is simultaneously targeting both these goals by employing resource conservation technology.

He said similar corporate farming in desert and semi-desert land in Bhakkar, Mankera and Layyah was also being launched.

Eng Mushtaq Ahmed Gill, Irrigation Consultant, said high efficiency agriculture had been the hallmark of FonGrow corporate farming where the center pivot irrigation made it possible to conserve water up to 90 percent.

It is sheer departure from conventional flood irrigation where most of water is lost before reaching the plants.








 
@Ali_Baba

Looks like the Neutrals will never go back to the barracks. That being the case, we might as well hope that the initiative would succeed.

Regards
 
Generals will do everything but their job because they gain personally from this. Someone should hunt down these napak generals.
 
munir can drink whisky and farm at the same time. jenrals are busy not defending but doing bussiness and work.
 
Reading this, you'd think it's satire...

“We launched a modern corporate farming project to take Pakistan’s agriculture to new height. Our main focus area has been import-substitution farming so that domestic production can eventually replace billions of dollar worth of imports,” said Maj Gen (Retd) Tahir Aslam, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FonGrow, a subsidiary of Fauji Foundation, which is spearheaded by defence institutions.

Aslam termed FonGrow a harbinger of completely mechanised, smart farming in the country as part of a flagship project of Green Pakistan Initiative, recently launched under the auspices of Pakistan Army at a function attended by the prime minister and Chief of the Army Staff.

He was talking to Lahore-based journalists during a media visit to the 2,250-acre site of country’s first corporate farm on Sunday, which is scheduled to be formally inaugurated by prime minister and Army Chief today (Monday).
 
said Maj Gen (Retd) Tahir Aslam, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FonGrow, a subsidiary of Fauji Foundation, which is spearheaded by defence institutions.

Major General's heading up every instituion it seems.

And therein lies a very large part of our problems..
 
Major General's heading up every instituion it seems.

And therein lies a very large part of our problems..
no wonder educated Pakistanis are going abroad, all the new jobs are held by retired faujis, while the educated young generation, first remains unemployed, looking for jobs trying to serve Pakistan, and after loosing all hope, goes abroad.

This is truly become the Republic of Faujistan.
 
@Ali_Baba

Looks like the Neutrals will never go back to the barracks. That being the case, we might as well hope that the initiative would succeed.

Regards

Hah! There is not much of difference between the Pakistani military and the Central/northern Punjab ruling elite. They have a symbiotic relationship and doesn't take much to trace how they interact and their family relationships! And Imran's PTI is basically a mirror image of the Noon League in everyway except PTI has not yet been 'seasoned' by the political victimizations like Noonies had to for a long time. Otherwise, both are Punjab-based parties, led by Punjabis, although one pretends to be a 'Pashtun' to also try to get the Pashtun votes from the KP.

As for the 'Neutrals' label, they did try to be 'Neutrals' for a long time after the April 2022 NCM and took all kind of abuse/lies from Imran until Imran gave them the chance on May 9.

And what did Imran do to threaten the Establishment when Imran was in power for almost 4 years?? This entire anti-Establishment bogus 'narrative' started after the 'Neutrals' refused to intervene on Imran's behalf to restore him to power. And sadly gullible have bought the fake narrative.
 
no wonder educated Pakistanis are going abroad, all the new jobs are held by retired faujis, while the educated young generation, first remains unemployed, looking for jobs trying to serve Pakistan, and after loosing all hope, goes abroad.

This is truly become the Republic of Faujistan.
I believe 1.2 million have fled Pakistan over the past 12-15 months to seek a better future aborad.

The fact that the current, and previous 3 Administrators of SUPARCO are Major General's rather than eminent scientists, or those with relevant qualifications should tell you how deep the rot is in our key institutions.

Compare and contrast with India, the Chairman of ISRO (Sreedhara Somanath) has a degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in aerospace engineering and has specialised in space research his whole life.

That is why we're both on such opposite tracks, and have been for a while.
 
I believe 1.2 million have fled Pakistan over the past 12-15 months to seek a better future aborad.

The fact that the current, and previous 3 Administrators of SUPARCO are Major General's rather than eminent scientists, or those with relevant qualifications should tell you how deep the rot is in our key institutions.

Compare and contrast with India, the Chairman of ISRO (Sreedhara Somanath) has a degree in mechanical engineering and a Masters in aerospace engineering and has specialised in space research his whole life.

That is why we're both on such opposite tracks, and have been for a while.
apparently the FA Fail generals think that they are masters of everything and excellent administrators. Sadly, even the situation of their managed institutions fail to deter them.
First NS was appointing retired generals, then IK started appointing retired faujis, and mow SS is doing the same thing. Surprising to see that PML(N) and PTI seem to be united on at least one thing. Giving retired faujis jobs.
 
Yes billions of extra dollars in farming produce for the generals. Hell will freeze over before you see any benefit for the Pakistani people.

Anyone else heard of US army wheat? How about British army olives? Wait what of even Indian army sugar cane? Me neither.

What a pathetic state of affairs.
 

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