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Businessmen invited to invest in forestry sector


ISLAMABAD -  The South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) has invited the business community to explore investment opportunities in forestry sector in South Punjab which offers one of the highest returns to the prospective investors.

SPFC Director (Operations) Hafiz Muhammad Owais said this while giving a detailed presentation on investment opportunities in forestation in South Punjab. He said Punjab government has earmarked over 99,000 acres of land for afforestation and range management in five districts of Punjab ie Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh and Dera Ghazi Khan.
He said the SPFC would support the investors in obtaining sanctioned canal water from the irrigation department. Owais said the investment in this sector would curb deforestation in Punjab and promote sustainable economic development of the country.
 He said business community should take full advantage of these lucrative investment opportunities by investing in forestry sector and thus contribute to promote the cause of grow green to earn green.
Speaking on the occasion, ICCI Senior Vice President Khalid Malik said forest area in Pakistan had gone down from 3.3 percent of total area in 1990 to just 1.9 percent of total area in 2015, which was alarming. In comparison, forest area was 22 percent of total area in China and 23 percent in India. He said, “depleting forest cover in Pakistan showed that our country was heading towards serious deforestation phenomenon that would entail harmful consequences for the overall economy.”
He stressed that the government should formulate new policies and offer attractive incentives to investors for investment in forestry sector. He appreciated the initiative of Punjab government for establishing the SPFC to work for promoting public and private sector investments in the forestry sector so that deforestation could be reduced in Punjab.
Khalid was optimistic that the private sector would take benefit of the incentives being offered by the Punjab government for investment in forestry sector. He assured that the ICCI would play role for highlighting the package of Punjab government for afforestation in South Punjab so that forest cover in the province could be further enhanced to ensure healthy and sustainable eco system for economic activities.
ICCI Vice President Tahir Ayub thanked SPFC for giving detailed presentation to the members of ICCI and assured that the chamber would extend full cooperation to the SPFC in attracting maximum investment in forestry sector in Punjab.
Source: The Nation