A Punjab Agriculture Department spokesman has said the Punjab government has started crop insurance scheme (Takaful) to protect income of farmers against unfavourable circumstances.
In this regard, from Kharif 2018 first phase from Sheikupura, Sahiwal, Loadhran and Rahimyar Khan was launched. Under this scheme, 100pc subsidy on Insurance Premium for land owners up to 5-acre while 50pc subsidy on Insurance Premium for land owners from 5-acre to 25-acres will be given.
This scheme will be applicable during its first phase on cotton and rice fields. In the second phase, Insurance (Takaful) will be applicable on more crops including sugarcane, maize, wheat, orchards and vegetables. Under this scheme, compensation will be given in case of natural calamity or low yield. The spokesman said to ensure transparency, the government has also introduced online system. Agricultural production and farm incomes in Pakistan are frequently affected by natural disasters such as droughts, floods, cyclones, storms, landslides and earthquakes.
This scheme will give protection to farming community. A farmer said: “We live in an uncertain condition as we are not sure that our crops will benefit us. If we get insured, it will help us shift our loss/damage when our insurance claims are paid.”
PITB: A team of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) held three-day training sessions “Scale-up of e-Learn.Punjab” at all public schools having smart board for Grade-8 Science, Mathematics and IT teachers of public schools from district Sheikhpura, IT teachers of 28 public schools across district Faisalabad and IT teachers of 10 public schools across district Hafizabad.
According to a press release, the participants were briefed about the project trailed by videos, animations, simulations and hands-on session on an interactive screen. The respective education officials gave an overview on the importance of e-Learning system and its role in establishing education system and lauded PITB’s e-Learn team’s efforts, terming the use of technology in education investment in the generation.
The digital content has modernised and improved the education system, which is being implemented by the teachers. PITB’s project e-Learn.Punjab has so far digitised content in their smart classrooms for Grade 8.
Pakistan faces many challenges in the backdrop of worsening climatic conditions. In the economic sphere, climate change poses a formidable threat. Water availability, over the years, has been decreasing for the agriculture sector. Since Pakistan is heavily dependent on the agriculture sector for its foreign earnings, any damage to this sector would present a problem of far reaching consequences. If agriculture production drops significantly, Pakistan’s trade balance, already volatile and highly unfavorable, would worsen.