Peshawar, 09 Dec, 2010 :
ERALP brings prosperity in Malakand Division, DG PDMA
In pre-war era, Malakand division farming system was unique, exemplary and a model for the rest of the province
in particular and the country in general i.e hub of fruit orchards coupled with multi utility processing
industries, cold and dry storages, an efficient transportation and marketing mechanism, nursery raising industry
and a training centre for budding and grafting. The experienced budders worked in the rest of the province for
Olives. Its plant nursery production status ranked 3rd in the country after Pathoki(Lahore) and Tarnab(Peshawar)
said Sana Ullah Khan, Project Director ERALP, PDMA/PaRRSA during Steering Committee meeting held here in Peshawar,
yesterday under the chairmanship of Shakeel Qadir Khan, Director General, PDMA-PaRRSA. The deputy head of Mission,
Italian Embassy Miss Sara Rezoagli, representatives of line departments also attended the meeting.
While talking to the Steering Committee Mr. Shakeel Qadir Khan, Director General, PDMA-PaRRSA said, Malakand
Division’s lush green soils are fallow, its irrigation system collapsed, and Road infrastructure destroyed. Its
labour force is nowhere and the hardworking farmers out of seen. Its greeneries reflect miseries and pains and its
standing crops are hungry and thirsty. Different products that were famous for its quality and taste are heavily
infested, contaminated with smokes and poisons of mortar shelling. Its hard working labours are now unemployed,
standing on roads carrying many stories on their faces. To meet the goals and targets, ERALP will bring prosperity
in the region.
Mr. Sana Ullah further said, in view of desperate scenario and economic decline, ERALP is the preeminent
rehabilitation string of PDMA-PaRRSA , funded by the Italian Government. The duration of the project is 1 year
starting from March 2010. The purpose of the project is to assist in restoring Agriculture production, food
security at household level , sustainable productive capacities and an improved local governance. This program is
limited to the affected areas of Malakand Division i.e Kabal, Matta, Charbagh , Khwaza Khela Tehsils of Swat
District and Dok Dara Union council of Upper Dir.
Distribution of Agriculture Inputs, Cash for Work in land use Program and Capacity Building of locals were
designed to be the major components of ERALP. According to various interventions in the fields of Agriculture,
Livestock, Fisheries, Forest, Wildlife, Water Management and soil conservation were intiated. Corner stone of the
project is active participation of the local communities in shape of VO’s/WO’s. All the project inputs are
channelized through these organisations as partners.
Mr. Sana Ullah highlighted the progress of ERALP and presented next year Work Plan for implementation.
The deputy head of Mission, Italian Embassy, Miss Sara Rezoagli said, in a shorter time period ERALP have
achieved its main objectives and goals. “I personally visited the Project Area and attended meetings with the
representatives of line departments and other NGO’s and INGOs during my stay in Mingora. Besides inspecting the
project warehouse in Mingora, I also inspected various project activities like Maize seed Production blocks, Forest
Plan Nurseries and Poultry Farms in the interior of District Swat where I held detailed meetings with the male and
female beneficiaries (both individual and Village Organizations) of the project”. While responding to extension of
project time period she said, it is principally agreed and the Italian Embassy will show interest after reviewing
the financial aspects modalities, and recommendations of Technical expertise.
She termed the whole effort encouraging, despite known procedural delays, the delegation witnessed the local
people, men and women, actively participating in rebuilding their own livelihoods and thanking the project.
These admiring comments on part of the international community reflect the level of commitment PaRRSA is
adhering to in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the conflect affected area, Shakeel Qadir Khan concluded.
Latif ur Rehman
Public Relation Officer