South Punjab has rich geopolitical and historical importance in Pakistan. South Punjab region is constituted on Multan, Bahawalpur and DG Khan Divisions and Districts of Jhang and Bhakkar. The history of the region can be traced since 200BC. This part of the region has played a very important role since dynasties due to its geopolitical and geographical importance. South Punjab is the backbone of the whole Punjab for the provision of economic resources.
The total population of South Punjab is 39.14 Million. The average household size of the region is 6.56. The population ratio of urban and rural congestion is 23% and 77% respectively. South Punjab region is comprised of 116,518 Km square which is 57% of the total area and 36% of the total population of Punjab. The region is mainly on the plain level with a fertile plateau of agricultural fields having canal irrigated land, tube-wells, and rainfed irrigation.
The fertile plateau of the region is producing a quantum of agricultural products. Major crops are Cotton, Sugarcane, Sunflower seeds, Mustard seeds, Rice and Wheat. The region is rich in the production of fruits and vegetables. The dairy and poultry industry in the region is also another major sector meeting the local needs of Pakistan. Thus, South Punjab is having a very imputative role in the cumulative growth of Punjab and Pakistan. The support system from state institutions to the SMEs of the region can ensure sustainable growth. The government is keen to empower the region at an equal level along with other regions of the province. Through different short-term and long-term projects and programs there is a campaign developing the rigorous framework for need-based capacity building, facilitation and support.
Regional Cities in South Punjab
- Dera Ghazi Khan
- Rahimyar Khan
- Ahmed Pur East