PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan (ETI-GB) join hands for improving sustenance of Gilgit Baltistan rural community all the way through agricultural development.

PARC & ETI-GB signed MoU for agricultural growth in GB

PARC a national organization working in secure alliance with public and private sector institutions in the country to grant science based solutions for the development of agriculture in Pakistan.

Whereas; Economic Transformation Initiative Program, Gilgit Baltistan, (ETI-GB) aims at improving income, plummeting poverty and starvation in the rural areas of Gilgit Baltistan.

For the speedy development of Gilgit Baltistan, ETI-GB and PARC have documented strategy to combine their potentials to energize efforts for research on agriculture technologies to combat the raising issue.

The amenities of the both organizations shall be utilized for the benefit of learning and sharing for greater benefit of communities of Gilgit Baltistan, as well as both the organizations will share information for research on agriculture technologies.

PARC and ETI-GB will also hold joint capacity building initiatives (training’s, workshops, seminars, coverage visits and information broadcasting campaigns) to teach farmers and other community of all pertinent issues.

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Conference on ‘Sustainable Development Halophytes for Green Revolution’

A three-day international conference on ‘Sustainable Development: Halophytes for Green Revolution’ held at Karachi University Business School (KUBS), KU, organized by the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU) of the University of Karachi.

At international conference experts longing on the policies to endorse alternative solutions to tackle challenges of food insecurity in future.

Professor Dr Hans-Werner Koyro from Germany shared that people are getting older and constraint of getting good food is also getting higher and higher as the competition with food has increased over the years. There are around 2000 different types of halophytes around the world and still, the meaning of halophyte is not clear.

Dr Hans-Werner added that some labeled potatoes, which is for the most part used as a regular food item, as halophyte. Hence, there is a dire need for research-based use of plants for saline agriculture. We believe, many local halophytes of saline habitats which are already salinity tolerant can be shaped as future crops through concentrated direction-based research.”

For the time being, UNESCO France Director Dr Miguel Clusener-Godt shared that it was his second visit to the country and Karachi University as well and was delighted to see how academia and scientific bodies are moving forward in the field of halophyte biology.

UNESCO France Director said that higher education institutes are taking interest in halophytes and thinning out awareness and knowledge concerning the uses and benefits of halophytes. The youngsters are captivating interest in the topic which is a very positive and good sign as they have to take over in future and this is the right time for them to learn and execute.

Halophytes could also endow protection to the coastal lines and in some cases, Pakistan and other countries, are using plants as greenification as well. The structurized work approach should be adopted while working on halophyte projects that will bolster every aspect.


NA body recommends Rs25,626 mln PSDP proposals for Commerce, Textile Ministry

ISLAMABAD, Feb 9 (APP):The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile Friday recommended Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) proposals of Ministry of Commerce and Textile amounting to Rs.25,626.577 million for the financial year 2018-19.
According to press statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat here, the the meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of MNA, Siraj Muhammad Khan.
The Committee was separately apprised about the proposed PSDP of Commerce and Textile Divisions, the statement added.
Additional Secretary, Commerce Division informed that the Division had proposed allocation of PSDP fund amounting to Rs.8550 million for financial year 2018-19 for seven projects.
The projects include establishment of new Exp-Centers at Islamabad, Quetta and Faisalabad, expansion or remodeling of Expo-Center at Karachi, provision hostel and transport facility to student at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and an ongoing project relating to Expo-Center at Peshawar.
Secretary Textile Division apprised the Committee about the proposed PSDP allocation for the project of Textile Division. He informed that Rs.11012.372 million had been proposed for 5 new projects whereas Rs.6064.205 had been proposed for 7 projects, which were being resubmitted for approval by the Planning and Development Division.
Apprising the Committee about the new projects, the Secretary said that the projects include establishment of National Textile University (NTU) Campus at Quetta, Garment City Project at Karachi, construction of new library at NTU campus at Faisalabad and implementation of system for standardization of high quality cotton.
He also apprised the committee the projects being resubmitted for approval related to PM Skill Development Program for Textile Industry and studies for climatic change, recycling of organic wastes, restoration of soil fertility and cost management in cotton production and marketing.
The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the entire proposed PSDP of the Ministry for inclusion in Budget for next financial year.
The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress and implementation of its recommendations by the divisions concerned. The Committee directed Commerce Division to expedite the proposed amendment in Pakistan Tobacco Board Act which would ensure supply of registered and certified Tobacco seed to the growers.
Among others, the meeting was attended by Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Minister of State for Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Secretaries Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.

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NIP to develop SEZ in federal capital

ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP):National Industrial Parks (NIP), a development and a management company, is all set to develop the planned Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Islamabad, official sources said.
“We require around 50 acre land to develop Special Economic zones (SEZ) in the federal capital for providing equal opportunity and facilities to foreign and local investors,” Senior official of Board of Investment (BOI) told APP here on Thursday.
Replying to a question,he said the government was working on a plan for reconstruction and modernization of BOI for introducing the best international practices to provide conducive environment for investment.
According to plan, BOI wanted to hire experts to deal with different sectors including legal, export, investment, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and marketing and branding experts to enhance the capacity and modernization of the institution, he said.
The official said said that experts for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be hired for initiating the projects to attract investment and provide conducive business environment.
Replying to another question, he said that Investment Facilities Center (IFCs) would also be established in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar to provide modern facilities to investors.
SEZs investors would get the facility for plant and machinery import without customs duty in all four provinces of the country.
He said that all steps would be taken for the industrial growth in the country.
He suggested that Pakistani investors should go for joint ventures with foreign investors to learn the international best practices of managerial skills and technology.
He said that Special Economic Zones would lead to create employment opportunities and development in the area.
The government has identified 46 economic zones through out the country in different regions. Seven of the economic zones ahve been approved.
He said, “We are committed to facilitate the foreign investors in Special Economic Zones (SEZs).”

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