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Title: Policy Interventions in Olive Sector Development Approach in Punjab.
Policy interventions in olive sector development approach in Punjab.
Authors: Imran Masood Chaudhry
Keywords: Socio-economic, Marginalized areas
Sector Development Approach, Sectors to the lowest levels
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: University of Management and Technology
Abstract: The underlying argument that develops the premise for this research study is that ‘Olive' is a sector with great potential for attributing to the socio-economic uplift and employment generation in rural economies of the marginalized areas on one end, while its critical ability to replace some volumes of the imported oil and dent the towering edible oil import bill to some extent, on the other. The sector has recently received government's renewed attention and through this research study, an attempt has been made to investigate Government of Pakistan's ‘Sector Development Approach' in the Potohar Region, which has recently been declared as the ‘Olive Valley' of the country. Are the policies planned, developed and ‘ve been implemented to give the sector an enabling environment to grow, in line with the global best practices, or is just another repackaging of ‘one size fit all' policy approach, which impeded the growth prospective of many sectors to the lowest levels? This study will investigate the impact of public sector's development interventions in the olive sector, through evaluating its current policies and collecting stakeholder's opinion about development of olive sector in the Potohar region. Focus Group Discussions and Interviews will be conducted with stakeholders including the public-sector policy makers, private sector entrepreneurs, small farmers, representatives of the academia and research institutions and other relevant player of the olive value chain, to analyze the impact of current policy regime on the sector development. It would lead us to the main findings of the thesis i.e., highlighting policy interventions for sector development and their impact in olive sector of Punjab and will conclude on set of recommendations to harness true and full socio-economic potential of the olive sector in Pakistan. ii | P a g e Literature review revealed that the lack of effective regulatory framework, ineffective institutional structure to enforce and monitor regulations and standards, conventional mindset of private sector to operate businesses, unawareness of farmers about good agriculture practices, and poor capacity of officials working in the public sector are some of the major causes which delayed the development paradigm of agriculture sector in the country (Malik et al, 2016). It is easily understandable that largely fragmented nature of the olive farming could have magnified all these factors in the sector under observation, and may have defy the impact, government would like to create through its interventions. That's what needs to be explored.
Description: Supervised by: Prof. Rahat ul Ain
Appears in Collections:School of Governance and Society

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