ISLAMABAD: A consignment of 2,000 bags of wheat seeds was dispatched to AJK on Saturday for the flood-hit farmers by Pukaar of the Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman Foundation (MKRF) and the Imran Khan Flood Relief Fund (IKRF). Imran Khan, while seeing off the convoy of 10 trucks carrying seeds, announced that a scheme had been launched to provide wheat seeds to every province without any discrimination for flood-hit farmers owning 25 acres of land. The scheme will cost Rs600 million and benefit 200,000 affected farm families.
Under the scheme, certified and good quality seeds will be made available to farmers for 150,000 acres of land. He said that houses, micro credit and health facilities were also being made available to flood-affected people by the MKRF and IKRF. In this connection, Imran said, six villages rehabilitated in Noshera district of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa would be inaugurated next month. Speaking on the occasion, a Dubai-based Pakistani businessman, Salim Murad, hailed efforts being made by MKRF and IKRF for relief and rehabilitation of flood-hit people.
Later students of Islamabad and Rawalpindi donated their pocket money to MKRF and IKRF flood victims. The donations included Rs400,000 each from Preparatory School and SLS, Rs200,000 from Head Start, Rs100,000 from students of Beacon House, Satellite Town, Beacon House Margalla and Foundation School, and Rs50,000 from students of Roots Public School Islamabad, Islamabad College of Arts and ICAS. Imran lauded donations of students. Salim Murad presented a cheque for Rs20,000,000, 100 generators and five houses each costing Rs8 million for orphans.