Agriculture Department Punjab. Agriculture is mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. It accounts for 21% of the GDP and together with agro-based products fetches 80% of the country’s total export earnings. More than 48% of the labour force is engaged in this sector.
The most populated province of Punjab provides the largest share in national agricultural production. Agriculture offers 21% of the GDP and gives employment to 47% of the population. It contributes in provision of raw materials to major industries; textile, leather, rice processing, edible oil, sugar and various food processing industries. Pakistan’s total export has a three fourth share of agriculture and 60% of this share comes from Punjab. Over years, Punjab has tried to meet the challenges of food security.
Punjab becomes the second largest province making 25.9% of country’s total land, with its area of 20.63 million hectares. Land utilization status is accessible for 86% of the aggregate territory; while 14% land stays unreported. Another 14% of the area is not available for agriculture due to either being totally fertile or being occupied by infrastructure consequently only 72% of the land is available for cropping. 10.81 million hectares (53%) is net sown area; area that is cultivated at least once and year. 9% of the land is categorized as current fallow; area that is not used for cultivation during a year. 8% land is marked as culturable waste which means area that is not cultivated for more than three years and is a part of cultivated area.
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