The GOVT FOOD SCHEME PAKKISTAN is a government program to supply food to the population. It has been implemented with the aim of providing ration cards to 10 million families. The governmental plan also aims to strengthen production chains related to agriculture.
GOVT FOOD SCHEME in Pakistan
Pakistan’s government has launched a new ration card scheme to provide food to 10 million poor families every month. The ration cards will be distributed through the Utility Stores Corporation, a retail chain that provides basic commodities at subsidized rates. Eligible registered candidates will be shortlisted through a verification process and given a ration card worth Rs3,000 every month. The government hopes to complete the project within two years.
The food scheme is being rolled out by Imran Khan, who addressed the launching ceremony. In his speech, he regretted that there are still too many people in Pakistan living without food. He also added that the scheme will help bring changes in Pakistan’s lives. It is in line with global models for reducing poverty.
Plan to provide 10 million families with ration cards
According to the World Bank, the plan to provide 10 million families with ration cards could cost as much as $1.2 billion per year. The plan would be funded in part by money the government has allocated for other public sector projects. But if the program is to be fully funded, the government needs to show it has a comprehensive economic plan.
The current ration card scheme provides about 35 kg of food a month to low-income households. It is also meant to help vulnerable pregnant women. The new scheme will also provide interest-free loans for 80,000 poor families and sewing machines.
Impact of drought on agricultural sector
Drought is a major natural disaster that has an economic impact on agricultural production. In the United States, the economic impact of droughts ranges from $10 billion to $14 billion each year, and the impacts are expected to grow as climate change causes droughts to occur more frequently. But a drought can also cause significant damage in other sectors.
The state of California’s agricultural industry faces significant challenges due to a lack of water. A severe drought in the last few years caused massive crop losses and other losses. The drought of 1988-89 in the United States resulted in $15 billion in crop losses, while the drought in Canada in 2001-2002 cost $2.3 billion. A recent study from the University of California found that droughts in California affected the economy by reducing crop production by nearly 30 percent, while adding a significant amount of groundwater pumping costs to the mix.
Expected results for the agricultural sector
The food and agriculture sector of Pakistan is mostly private. It is made up of 2.1 million farms, 935,000 restaurants, and more than 200,000 registered food manufacturing facilities. It generates about one-fifth of the country’s economic activity. However, the agricultural sector faces several challenges. For example, milk prices have remained low for some time, causing many small to medium commercial farmers to shut down their operations. Even small-scale producers who owned only one or two cows to survive had to cut back on expenses. It is going to take time to rebuild the dairy herd in Pakistan.
A proper price policy for agricultural commodities is important to enhance productivity of the agricultural sector. The government should support farmers by keeping prices aligned with international prices. This will provide appropriate incentives for farmers to produce higher crops and improve their land productivity.