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National Peanut Festival Held in Attock

October 12, 2023

TAXILA: A large number of farmers, including women, from all four districts of Rawalpindi Division on Thursday showcased their innovative value-added products at the 8th annual “National Peanut Festival” held in Attock.

According to a press release, the event was co-organized by the Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan, Groundnut Research Station, Attock, Barani Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Ghazi Barotha Taraqiati Idara (GBTI), and the National Rural Support Programme.

The festival was organized to successfully display farmers’ knowledge, practices, and successful experiments, as well as the knowledge, practices, and successful experiments of researchers, scientists, marketers, and all other stakeholders involved in groundnut production.

In the festival, farmers, including women, from all four districts of Rawalpindi Division showcased their innovative value-added products, such as agricultural implements, olive jam, olive pickles, olive oil, peanut oil, peanut butter, peanut sweets and peanut milk.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Agri-Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan Tariq Tanveer said agri-tourism had a great potential to play a role in Pakistan’s economy. He was of the view that agri-tourism enabled the public to visit working farms, ranches, or wineries to buy products, enjoy entertainment and participate in field activities.

According to Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, Deputy Director District Agriculture Department, Attock, 92% of peanuts are grown in Punjab, 7% in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 1% in Sindh. Similarly, he stated that the Rawalpindi division accounted for 87% of peanut farming in the districts of Chakwal, Jehlum, Attock, and Rawalpindi.

Rao Atif Raza, Deputy Commissioner, Attock, stated that entrepreneurship and innovative ideas and skills among the young have become critical to alleviating poverty in the country.

Mr Raza further stated that the agriculture industry was facing significant challenges and committed to developinging an action plan to address issues linked to groundnut marketing to farmers and promoting local products through female entrepreneurs.

On this occasion, former federal secretary Hamid Ali Khan, former DG Olive Foundation Dr Zafar Iqbal, progressive farmer Malik Ejaz, Principal Scientist Peanut Research Station Manzoor Hussain, CEO Pak Olive Yusuf Shah, Member District Council Malik Riazuddin, Director Bari Ashraf Samara, and other experts shared their experiences.

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