Contact No:



  • National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC)
  • Barani Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Agriculture Department, Government of the Punjab
  • ARI, Tarnab, Peshawar, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Cooperative Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • National Tea and High-value Crop Res. Institute, Shinkiari, Mansehra, KP
  • ARI, Quetta, Agriculture and Cooperative Department Government of Baluchistan
  • BARDC, Quetta, Balochistan
  • AJ&K
  • MARK, Juglot, GB
  • PODB, ICT, Islamabad


Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Islamabad


Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB)


Rs. 2444.545 Million


  • Plantation of olive plants on 50,000 acres
  • To develop infrastructure/capacity for mass-scale production of true to type, disease free olive nursery plants in the public and private sector
  • Provision of olive plants to farmers through import and indigenous production
  • Human resource development through training on olive culture involving youth and gender
  • Provision of oil extraction units and value addition equipment to facilitate processing
  • Mother orchards development for bud wood provision
Federal Component:

  • PIU established, ADs, AAO, FROs, OAs Hired
  • Necessary procurements are completed, Office Supplies, Furniture, Stationery.
  • One model cage farm of 10 cages units established, 10 units of marine cages procured for installation, expert to come from China.

Punjab Component:

  • PIU established and PD hired.
  • 1-month training to potential farmers imparted in Nov and Dec 2019.
  • Selection of farmers for support for the establishment of 500 cage units completed.
  • Tenders for cages awarded.

Balochistan Component:

  • No allocation from ADP Baluchistan for 2019-20

Sindh Component:

  • Sindh isn’t yet part of the project.
  • Reduce the undesirable impact of cotton production on eThe immediate returns of the project will be in the form of capacity building, infrastructure development, awareness raising and production of raw material for export promotion.
    The project will provide technical support and incentives to private sector fish farmers to establish cage farming large public water bodies to generate new livelihood activities and fish meat for better nutrition of the local people.
  • Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas.
  • Improve flow of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain.
  • Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the “Better Cotton”.
  • Integrated Pest Management approaches will be advocated through awareness by appropriate methods of “Better Cotton” production, which can minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices. IPM will help the growers to incur less cost on hazardous pesticides and it will also help in decreasing the environmental pollution and health hazards on human beings and livestock in the country.
  • Judicious use of water for cotton will be achieved through improved awareness of farmers and demonstrated optimized use of irrigation water for better cotton production and care for the availability of water.
  • Depletion of soil fertility is a major restraint in higher crop production in Pakistan. The inadequate and imbalance use of chemical fertilizers is resulting in stagnant or even low crop yields in Pakistan as compared to other developed countries. High costs and inability to farmers to apply costly fertilizers inputs at critical crop growth stage further limit cotton productivity thus aggravating the economic condition of farmers. In consideration of continuous population increase, health hazards, poor food quality and high-quality requirements for exportable commodities (like cotton) to compete in the global market, due emphasis on increasing soil fertility is a necessity. Through the awareness “Better Cotton” is produced by farmers by taking into account soil health.
  • Conservation of natural habitats approach help in “Better Cotton” production by farmers in the farm field. i.e., rats, birds, ants, wasps and other predatory insects is a cotton grower’s natural workforce against pests that attack cotton plants.
  • “Better Cotton” is produced by farmers who care for and preserve the quality of the fibrei.e. length, uniformity, strength, fineness and maturity which provide better returns to growers and opens more market opportunities for premium fabrics. These studies enhance cotton fibre quality for a sustainable and competitive Pakistan industry. Awareness about management consideration to preserve fibre quality and moisture management at the gin time and proper storage etc will help in the production of quality fibre in Pakistan. These technologies also help us understand the relationship between cotton fibre properties and textile value chain.
  • Awareness will be given to the cotton growers for promotion of decent work in Pakistan, i.e. status of women and wages, child labor, health and safety issues. This will emphasize to overcome considerable challenges in implementing improved working conditions among small holding farmers in Pakistan for production of better cotton.


Date of approval with Forum
Original date Revised Date, if any All subsequent Revisions if any
CDWP: 19-11-2014 CDWP: 06-08-2019
(administrative approval)
Financial Arrangement Federal Government, PSDP (Public Sector Development Program)
Donor (if any)along with a share of foreign aid in the cost N/A
Actual Date of Commencement 09-03-2015
Completion Date (as per PC-I) 30-06-2022
Likely Completion Date June,2024
Reason of Time and Cost Overrun N/A
Specific decision/ recommendation made during previous quarterly reviews of PSDP 2019-20 The Chair directed M/o NFS&R to develop a mechanism for value addition and develop strong link with the relevant stakeholders. M/o NFS&R was also directed to establish link with SMEDA and Kamyab Jawan Program by facilitating to give loan on concessional basis
PMES system updated on (please specify date) 16/10/2020
Financial progress
a) Expenditure up to June 2020 Rs.778.462
b) %age Financial progress to-Date 40.98 % (Allocation)
Physical completion (in %age terms) 49%
Allocation 2020-21 Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
Rs.500.00 Nil
Releases 2020-21 Rupee Foreign Loan(if any)
Rs.438.747 Nil
Expenditure/Utilization 2020-21 (July-Sept 2020) Rupee Foreign loan(if any)
Rs.192.8 (44 %) Nil
Bottlenecks/Issues impeding progress on the project (if any)
  • Large no. of project components, difficult to manage.
  • Various project activities of last year like procurement, trainings, and other physical work poised due to the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 world wide.
  • Two project’s activities (Plantation target of 5000 acres and installation of DS tunnels 2019-20) will be carried over to the current year 2020-21 along with a plantation target of 17,195 acres for 2020-21 which will be a huge task and beyond the capacity of the project components
Latest implementation status of the decision/recommendation Linkages have been developed for value addition (olive pickle, olive leaf tea & oil processing, packaging and branding) like Unique value, Izhar farms Pvt. Ltd. & PARC Agrotech Company Pvt. Ltd. Moreover capacity building for value added products of olive are also being undertaken.