December 04, 2018: Punjab government has formulated a comprehensive plan for widespread cultivation of Sunflower and other oil seed crops in the province.
Under this programme, Sunflower would be cultivated on more than 2.10 lakh acres of land in different areas of the province.
Sources in Agriculture department have said that the step was being taken to decrease imports and enhance production of edible oil in the province.
“At present only 34 percent edible oil is being produced from the country, while 66 percent is imported to fulfill domestic needs.
Sunflower seeds has 40 percent oil capacity as compared to other oil seed crops. As many as 4700 acres of land in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of Sialkot district would be brought under Sunflower cultivation, it was learnt.