September 19, 2023

CM Balochistan approves Rs 100 million for farmers to boost agricultural sector

QUETTA – Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Special Initiative for Agricultural Transformation Plan.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister also approved the required funds of Rs 100 million for issuance of farmer cards and registration in the province. The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister of Agriculture Mir Asadullah Baloch, Chief Secretary of Balochistan Mathar Niaz Rana and other relevant officials including the Secretary of Agriculture.

The meeting was informed that the Department of Agriculture was taking steps for issuance of farmer card, registration of farmers, provision of certified seed to farmers to increase agricultural production under the same plan .

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the people of our province are mainly involved in the agricultural sector and that our government will continue its initiatives for farmers to help farmers. “Job security is our top priority for which we will implement all public projects,” he concluded.


The government of Balochistan would establish a parking spot in the busiest center of the provincial capital Quetta to reduce roadside problems and ensure traffic jam-free travel on its arteries.

The government has also accelerated work to establish more parking spaces in Quetta to address traffic congestion and provide safe parking spaces for commuters, a Balochistan government official said on Wednesday. He said the unavailability of designated parking areas was the main contributor to traffic congestion in the provincial capital. Vehicles parked on major roads caused nuisance to other road users, he added. The designated parking spaces would be helpful in clearing the capital’s congested roads keeping in mind public problems due to long traffic jams, he said.

He said the growing trend of busy commuters could lead to fatal accidents on busy roads in Quetta City. He said drivers also preferred to park their vehicles on the road, instead of designated parking. The official said the provincial government has already taken measures to improve the traffic system and road infrastructure for the safety of road users.

The Balochistan government has planned to set up a driving academy in Quetta to provide training courses to the people, which would eventually reduce the number of road accidents in the city, he added.

He said the government of Balochistan has given approval for the establishment of the Traffic Engineering Bureau, a department responsible for improving the traffic system and road infrastructure.

To improve the existing traffic system, he said the government is also considering further legislation on traffic rules. The official said the government has allocated a special envelope to the provincial capital to expand its various roads to ensure smooth traffic flow and provide better transportation facilities to the people. He said the government has also allocated considerable funds under the current public sector development program for road expansion, installation of traffic lights and lane markings on roads in the province.