National Program for Enhancing Profitability through Increasing Productivity of Rice

Government of Pakistan and Government of the Punjab have initiated this mega project under Prime Minister Agriculture Emergency Program to enhance profitability of rice farming through increasing productivity of paddy up to 10 mounds/acre of basmati and 20 mounds/acre of coarse rice and to allocate area retrieved for oilseed and high value crops. Under this project, 450 riding type trans planters, 250 walk after type rice trans planters, 450 nursery raising machines, 900 DSR drills, 750 rice straw choppers, 800 water tight rotavators and 2450 knapsack sprayers (total 6050 machinery/implements) will be provided to farmers on subsidy. 1242723 mounds certified rice seed and weedicide for 725000 acres will be given to farmers on subsidy during 2019-20 to 2023-24 leading to productivity enhancement of rice.

Duration: 2019-20 to 2023-2024 (5 years)

Total Project Cost: 9,988.38 Million PKR (Government Share = 6,327.760 Million + Farmers’ Share = 3,660.628 Million)

Physical Activities/Targets

The activities/targets of the project are:

  • Provision of following agricultural machinery/implements on 50 % cost sharing basis: 
    • Riding type Transplanters (450 no.)
    • Walk-after type Transplanters (250 no.)
    • Nursery Raising Machines (450 no.)
    • Direct Seeding Rice Drills (900 no.)
    • Water Tight Rotavator (800 no.)
    • Rice Straw Chopper + Disc Plow/MB Plow Sets (750 no.)
    • Knapsack Power Sprayer (2450 no.) 
  • Provision of certified seed on 50% cost sharing basis (229,285 mounds)
  • Establishment of Demonstration Plots for showcasing (3,625 no.)
  • Provision of financial assistance to farmers @ Rs.1500/Acre for promoting Paddy Specific Harvesters (453,518 acres)
  • Provision of weedicides on 30% cost sharing basis (725,200 acres)
  • Mega Farmers’ Gatherings by Government of the Punjab (180 no.)
  • Provision of micronutrients on 50% cost sharing basis (181,300 acres)
  • Appreciation of best rice growers at district level and provincial level through rice yield competition (240 no.) 

Expected Outcomes

The project will:

  • Increase share of rice in national GDP
  • Employment generation and business development opportunities
  • Increase in income levels of farming community specifically and non-farming community in general
  • Improvement in living standards of rural as well as urban communities
  • Improvement in quality of rice (as a result of certified seed)
  • Improvement in international competitiveness due to decreased cost of production as a result of increased per acre yield

Contact Details of Focal Person

Ch. Abdul Ghafoor
Director of Agriculture
Coordination (FT & AR), Punjab
Phone: 041-99200741
Email: dacpunjab@gmail.com