Nowshera (Web Desk): Prime Minister Imran Khan launched olive plantation campaign in Nowshera district on Monday.
Addressing a ceremony, the premier said that olive plantation will help address climate change and increase exports of the country.
“Pakistan spends a lot on import of edible oil that can be reduced with the production of olive oil locally by planting olive trees particularly on western bank of the Sindh River,” the PM noted.
Imran Khan said that food security is a serious challenge for Pakistan as the country imports sugar, wheat, oil and ghee. He said the fast growing population adds to this challenge.
He said the production of olive oil can also generate news jobs and flourish businesses in the country.
The prime minister said that the primary objective of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government's 10 billion tree tsunami project is to safeguard our generations from the effects of climate change.
He said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should use the Miyawaki method of plantation in Peshawar to tackle the growing issue of pollution in the city.
PM Imran said that the government is including fruit trees in Ten Billion Tree Tsunami, which will create new employment opportunities.
He said areas will be divided in different zones scientifically to plant specific fruit trees.
Highlighting Pakistan's vulnerability in climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the youth to participate in plantation campaigns in their areas.