Arid Date Reforestation
Since a large part of Pakistan is Arid with limited water resources, it makes sense to look at plants that grow in arid areas that can cause reforestation and also provide commercial value..
Dates can be planted easily in arid areas and it yields dates, syrup, plus leaves for chatai and stuff. Dates can also be used to make sugar and it can be used to make a lot of sweet products. The project is to use Google Earth to identify areas for Date Planting and come up with feasibility plans for date reforestation and Date based industries near date areas..
This may create employment for people near Arid areas of Punjab like Bahawalpur, cholistan, Thar, most of Baluchistan and parts of Khyber PakhtunKhwa. Each square mile of data tree planting will take 4 lacs only., but the crops can support 2000 families or 120,000 persons. So if 100 miles of desert are converted the results will be immense..
This can create revenue generating industries near arid areas where there are no opportunities and also start reforestation of unused land. If date trees are planted at a distance of 25 feet, there will be 40,000 tress in a square mile. With about 100 kg per month @ Rs 40 each mile can yield 16 crore per sq mile which can grow to 20 crore with other byproducts..
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