Pakistan to become largest exporter of olive oil, hopes PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday that food security was the biggest challenge Pakistan was facing right now, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a ceremony held at Nowshera to launch olive trees plantation, the prime minister said an olive tree had a long life. “An olive tree is of lot of utility,” he added.
He expressed the hope that Pakistan would become the largest exporter of olive oil in future since its soil was most suitable for olive trees’ cultivation.
Expressing the optimism that olive trees’ plantation would generate lots of job opportunities, he vowed to plant these trees across the country.
The prime minister regretted that the successive governments had failed to make the most of ‘12 seasons’ the country was blessed with.
Listing another challenge for his government, he mentioned the issue of less foreign exchange reserves. “There was a record fiscal deficit when Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) took office in 2018,” he claimed and said country’s exports had dwindled while imports had increased.
“Another challenge is that of climate change,” he said. “Pakistan is amongst those 10 countries worst affected by climate change,” he said, and added, “Another challenge we have to surmount is that of a large population of youth. We have to provide them with jobs.”
PM Imran said by planting trees under the 10 billion tree tsunami project across the country the government wanted to save future generations from rising pollution levels.
He noted with regret that pollution was increasing in Peshawar. He stressed the need for planting trees in the provincial capital to get over this problem.