While it focuses on education and social development in the country, Next Generation Pakistan is quick to realize that one of the biggest problems faced by the country’s poor are the ever so expanding prices of food commodities. Since the past 2 years, Pakistani society has seen a staggering rise in the prices of food which takes it beyond the purchasing power of the poor and the needy. Keeping that in mind, our next project Project Field has been started.
In the village of Masar, near Sargodha, Next Generation Pakistan planted wheat on 2 acres of land. The seeds planted on the 25th of November 2011 took 5 months to grow before they were harvested. The land eventually yielded around 2,140 kilograms. Once the crop was harvested, the second phase of this project in which the wheat was distributed was started. The key idea behind distribution, was based on the principle of interaction with the poor modeled along the lines of a do-it-yourself approach; three keys that are fundamental to NGP’s philosophy.
The first phase of distribution was held on the 3rd of July, 2012. Prior to distribution, Imran Ahmed a resident of Mughalpura area who had been involved in philanthropy for a few years now helped identify houses and families that were deserving.
A meeting was held at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club early morning at 12:00PM where all the volunteers collected. From their on, Imran Ahmed led NGP volunteers to Dars Bari Imam. A total of 400 kilograms of wheat were distributed before the rain set it and the remaining distribution had to be suspended.
July 18th, 2012 was chosen as the date for distribution. A facebook event was created in this respect.
Similar to the previous phase, this time around NGP volunteers gathered at Royal Palm at around 2PM from where, they proceeded to Tajpura Pind to distribute the remaining wheat.
The phase was marked with interaction with the families to whom the wheat was distributed. They told about their conditions and how difficult it had become to meet their daily expenses. Most of the families did not have a dominant male who could take the responsibility of bringing home money for his family.
After the completion of this phase, some of the wheat which was left behind was sent off to Parachinar, which at that time, had become the Gaza Strip of Pakistan because of a blockade of that region by the local Taliban. As a consequence of this blockade, residents of Parachinar were forced to buy commodities from neighbouring Afghanistan. This meant that prices were higher and transportation time was longer. People in Parachinar were hit badly with food security.
“By carrying out this project, Next Generation Pakistan plans to continue this into the future by inviting volunteers with cultivable land in their respective villages to dedicate a portion for this purpose in order to expand this program further. “
A summary of the costs involved in this project are listed hereunder:
Diesel + Water – Rs. 2,000/acre
DAP – Rs. 1,000/acre
Seeds – Rs. 2,000/acre
Pesticides – Rs. 770/acre