PESHAWAR: More than 950 new vacancies ranging from BS-3 upto BS-18 have been created for the Newly Merged Disstricts (NMDs) in Agriculture Department and its attached formations under the Accelerated Implementation Plan (AIP). Process of recruitment against these newly created vacancies is in progress which will be completed during the upcoming finacial year. This was told in a meeting held here the other day with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmood khan in the chair to review progress on the ongoing developmental schemes of Agriculture Department launched in the NMDs. The meeting was informed that 732 vacancies have been created in Livestock and Dairy Development sector, 46 in Fisheries, 106 in Soil and Water Conservation, 81 in Agriculture Engineering and 50 in Agriculture Extension. Regarding the progress so far made on various ongoing developmental schemes it was told that Integrated Agriculture Development Scheme had been launched in the NMDs with a cost of Rs. 1500 million to promote the cultivation of vegitables and friuts under which friuts orchards have been established on 1950 acre of land whereas vegetable seeds have been distributed for 4267 acre of land, and the scheme will be completed by the year 2022. “Similarly, another scheme for virus free seed potatoe production using tissue culture has also been launched with a cost of Rs. 508 million” ; it was informed and added that one Tissue Lab. has been functinalized, construction of another Lab. is in progress and trainings are being imparted to the local farmers. It was Informed that a three years scheme has been launched for livestock productivity enhancement under the Livestock and Dairy Development sector with a cost of 674 million under which 13 Mobile Veterinary Clinics and 100 calf fattening farms have been established whereas more than1000 units sheep/goats have been distributed in the merged districts. “Under the Agriculture Engineering sector, a scheme worth Rs. 1657 million has been launched for levelling waste land and solarization of existing agricultural tube wells”; it was Informed and added that under the scheme, so far 15 solar pumping systems have been installed and more that 15 acre land has been levelled. Regarding the proposed schemes of Agriculture Department to be included in the upcoming Annual Development Program for the NMDs, it was told that besides other initiatives, a scheme for Olive Cultivation and establishment of Olive oil processing plants has been proposed in the upcoming ADP. The Chief Minister directed the high ups of Agriculture Department to complete the hiring process against the newly created posts within the given timelines, ensure utmost transparency and meritocracy in the process and to give preference to the locals for recruitment against the non technical vacancies. He termed the accelarated development of the merged areas as top priority of his government and directed the authorities to ensure the completion of all the ongoing developmental schemes within the stipulated time frame so that the people of the area could benifit those public welfare schemes without any delay.