PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan ordered the departments of agriculture and forestry within 10 days to come up with an olive plantation proposal.
He presided over a meeting here on Friday at the Chief Minister’s Residence.
The meeting was attended by Provincial Minister Ishtiaq Urmar, Muhibullah, Principal Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Agriculture and Forest Department Administrative Secretaries and other officials.
Mahmood Khan said the proposal should specifically identify both the departments’ roles and the path ahead for the plan to be implemented. He has set out to formulate an underground exploration strategy for precious mines and minerals in the mountainous regions.
The chief minister also ordered the concerned authorities to take the requisite measures to avoid the smashing of illegal stones.
The meeting tackled concerns related to the sustainable cultivation of olive trees, the conservation of fish, the illicit mining of gravel and river bed sand.
The Chief Minister, expressing his commitment to ensuring the completion of the olive plantation project in the province, said that the ultimate purpose of the project was to ensure the economically sound use of the non-agricultural and barren land available in the province.
Mahmood also ordered senior mining department officials to conduct frequent public meetings concerning mining leases in the newly merged districts. He also requested the Mining Department to exchange employee data with the Labor Department in order to allow the miners to be registered with the appropriate bodies and to ensure their well-being.