Mitigating the Emerging Issues of Pesticide Residues in Vegetables and Rice through Capacity Building of Farmers and Extension Agents

Total Cost Rs:  317.723 Million
Gestation Period: 2022-26


Over the years following targets are to be achieved;

  • Capacity Building of Departmental Staff and Extension agents (TOTs) on IPM and pesticide residues management 500/ annum.
  • Capacity Building of farmers 25000/annum.
  • Capacity Building of Pesticide dealers 1000/annum
  • Establishment of IPM Demonstrational Farms 50/annum
  • Literature Printing and Distribution 50,000/annum
  • Comparative analysis of pesticide residues under conventional and IPM approach 200 samples/annum


Community Based Integrated Management of Pink Bollworm and Provision of Missing Facilities to Pest Warning Wing

Duration: 2016-2019
Cost Rs: 96.232 Million

Disposal of Expired and Spurious Pesticides

Objective of the project was destruction/disposal of obsolete pesticides present in stores of Agriculture Department since 1982 as a consequence of entrusting sale of pesticides to private sector. The toxic materials got expired and posing hazards to human lives, environment and water reservoirs. The detail of 1041.5 metric tons of such pesticides in stores was as under;

  • Agriculture Extension, (167- Pesticides Stores in Punjab) = 1000 Metric Tons.  
  • PAD & SC (Defunct) (2-Store at Faisalabad and Multan) = 41.5 Metric Tons. 
Pesticides incineration target was 1041.5 Metric Tons which was accomplished successfully by hiring the services of Royal Netherlands Embassy. The pesticides were brought at Kala Shah Kaku for incineration under supervision of a committee comprising members from Agriculture Extension and Pest Warning Wings. Estimated cost of Project was Rs. 60 million and cost on completion of Project was Rs. 42.55 Million. The Gestation period of the project was 10-10-2009 to 2011.

Strengthening of Pest Warning & Quality Control of Pesticides System in Punjab

A Project “Strengthening of Pest Warning and Quality Control of Pesticides System in Punjab” was launched in 2005 for a period of 03 years to help the farming Community for successful Pest Management to combat the challenging pest problems. Project activities improved significantly the farmers know how about the identification of the beneficial and the pests, pest scouting, economic thresh holds. The Directorate was upgraded to Directorate General with shifting of it’s headquarter from Multan to Lahore. Total 190 posts of different categories in newly created districts and tehsils were approved by the Government. 

Farmers were guided in selection of suitable pesticides, proper spraying method, best time to hit the pest, Integrated Pest Management techniques for effective pest control and providing maximum time to beneficial insects to work etc. The result of the project was obvious from the increased yields of Rice, Sugarcane, Maize and Wheat Crops. Furthermore per acre total cost of spraying in case of cotton was decreased significantly.
Estimated cost of Project was Rs. 16.041 million and cost on completion of Project was Rs. 15.518 million with the Gestation period from 07.03.2006 to 30.06.2008. It was further extended for one year. On successful completion and evaluation of the project, it was converted to non-development.

Management of Fruit Fly Through IPM ( Integrated Pest Management Techniques)

The objective of the project was to improve the quality and quantity of citrus fruit by elimination of fruit fly from Tehisl Sargodha by adopting IPM techniques. Capacity building of farmers regarding IPM approach/technique was made which resulted in enhancement of export quantum of the fruit. Estimated cost of Project was Rs. 84.889  Million  and Cost on completion  of  Project was Rs. 53.642 Million. The Gestation period of the project was 01-07-2008 to 30.06.2011.