Olive cultivation can effectively rehabilitate degraded lands. Dr. M. Tariq
Degraded lands can be effectively rehabilitated through fruit-based agro-forestry, especially olive plantations with good management. This was stated by Dr. Muhammad Tariq, Director Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal (BARI) while addressing the tree plantation inauguration ceremony at DG Khan Cement Khairpur, District Chakwal. Lands after mining are usually not rehabilitated which renders the national resource unproductive forever, he remarked. Such Soils are real wealth of a nation and it was need of the day to convert such unproductive lands into fruit baskets in the climate change scenario to ensure food security, he added. Olive is a plant of degraded lands and can change landscape of Pothwar valley. Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal will provide DG Khan Cement 5000 certified olive plants for plantation on such degraded lands to ensure their sustainable use, he remarked. The event also demonstrated the commitment of DG Khan Cement and BARI for productivity restoration of the degraded lands. Speaking at the occasion, Col. Hashmat representing DG Khan Cement stated that their administration was highly thankful to BARI for cooperation in the rehabilitation program. He told that olive cultivation is a promising intervention for rehabilitation of mined degraded lands and they were successfully implementing the program in collaboration with BARI. The ceremony was attended by olive experts, factory administration and key workers/olive growers. He expressed his commitment that DG Khan Cement will strengthen this program in the years to come.