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Govt plans to change 1.2 million tube-wells to photo voltaic vitality



ISLAMABAD: Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety and Analysis Tariq Bashir Cheema Tuesday stated over 1.2 million agriculture tubewells could be switched to photo voltaic vitality to cut back enter value and improve farm earnings, significantly that of the small land holders.
Addressing a press convention, the minister stated {that a} activity power was being fashioned to finalize modalities and interact business banks to finance the ability. Underneath the ability, the farmers must repay the loans in installments as much as three years.

He stated the initiative has been taken on the directives of Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, who has additionally requested for formulating quick and long run insurance policies to make sure tangible ends in shortest doable time with concentrate on reviving agriculture sector for sustaining meals security and safety in addition to prosperity of farming communities.

Whereas reaffirming the federal government’s dedication to make sure correct charge of return to the farmers for his or her produces in addition to enhancing the output of all main and minor crops, he stated that suggestion for cotton intervention worth was finalized and placed on agenda of subsequent assembly of Cupboard for approval.

He stated that the initiative was aiming at encouraging the farmers to convey most areas beneath cultivation of this crop of significant significance, including that space beneath crop sowing throughout final season diminished by 37 %, which was changed by rice, maize and sugarcane.

The minister additional knowledgeable that authorities was additionally eager to announce minimal help worth for wheat earlier than the beginning of the sowing season to be able to encourage farmers to sow extra wheat for attaining self-sufficiency in staple grains manufacturing and scale back reliance on imported wheat and edible oil that have been enhancing stress on a lot wanted overseas trade reserves.

The minister stated that authorities was conscious of rising inflation and the issues being confronted by the widespread man within the nation, including that steps have been taken to guard them from the inflationary pressures.

He stated that authorities by its Utility Shops Company community was guaranteeing provision of important commodities on managed charges and supplied wheat, flour and different commodities through the holy month of Ramzan.

With a view to avert any doable scarcity on meals grains by the rising Russia-Ukrine battle, the federal government had beefed up its strategic reserves and improve wheat procurement targets of all provincial governments and PASSCO, including that it was additionally determined to import about 3 million tons of wheat to make sure easy provide all year long.

Highlighting the reduction measures launched by the incumbent authorities for agriculture sector, he stated that gross sales tax on tractors was withdrawn, the place as seed cotton and canola have been exempted from gross sales tax, including no tax was levied on fertilizers to facilitate the growers.

He stated that authorities was paying particular concentrate on small scale growers as they have been about 92 % of complete farming group having much less then 12 acres of land, including that measures could be launched to make sure their entry to credit score facility and saving them from the exploitation of center man.

Tariq Bashir stated that regardless of the powerful situation agreed by the final authorities with Worldwide Financial Fund, the coalition companions had determined to take powerful resolution to save lots of the nation from default and in addition determined to take plenty into confidence by sharing the details with them.

The minister stated that authorities was taking different measures to learn from the Chines expertise and experience in agriculture and livestock, including that settlement for the buffalo breed enchancment with China was finalized. He stated that China was the largest importer of beef and it was requested to determine farms in Pakistan that may assist to develop the native livestock sector as nicely.

The minister stated that barter commerce with Iran, which was suspended for final two years was additionally restored and first consignment of apples would arrive right here throughout present month and mangoes from Pakistan could be exported to Iran, including that full commerce could be resumed by September as about 100,000 tons of rice to be exported to Iran.

In addition to, the opposite bottlenecks in transit-trade was additionally eliminated to boost commerce with regional international locations, significantly the commerce in agriculture produces to advertise native agriculture and livestock sectors.

To a query, the minister stated that authorities was taking steps to make sure availability of high quality seeds and pesticides and finalized negotiations with Monsanto firm, including that work on the agriculture cooperation beneath second-phase of China-Pakistan Financial Hall Mission in livestock and analysis was additionally finalized, including {that a} particular activity power is being fashioned to take the enter of all of the stakeholders to make the agriculture sector extra viable and powerful.

The minister stated that authorities was evolving a mechanism by taking all of the provinces on board to make sure uninterpreted provide of fertilizers on reasonably priced charges, moreover discouraging the hoarding and black advertising and marketing of the commodity.

Tariq Bashir Cheema additional knowledgeable that authorities would offer particular incentives to advertise oil seeds cultivation within the nation as he stated it was consuming about $4.5 billion yearly, which was anticipated to achieve $ 6 billion by subsequent 12 months.

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Breakthrough in lacking individuals case as police efficiently find three particular person



KARACHI: The native police on Wednesday efficiently traced three people together with a girl throughout a listening to of a petition in Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) for restoration of lacking individuals.

In keeping with the report, the police confirmed the hint of three people – named Muhammad Iqbal, Saima Bibi, and Shahnawaz – all three have been wished by police in a number of instances.

The report acknowledged that Muhammad Iqbal is underneath the custody of Zaman City police in a case, whereas the opposite two are fugitives as a case has been registered in opposition to them at Mehmoodabad police station.

The court docket dismissed the case associated to the restoration of the three lacking individuals.

Earlier this week, the police declared the arrest of a lacking individual throughout the Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) listening to of petitions for the restoration of 10 disappeared males.

The police confirmed the arrest of a lacking citizen Saddam in its progress within the case. The court docket dismissed the petition about restoration of Saddam.

Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto directed motion in opposition to the folks concerned in enforced disappearances. “It’s the accountability of the state to go looking a lacking citizen,” Justice Phulpoto stated.

“It was stated {that a} lacking man Usman has been in Landhi Jail, a letter was written to the jail authorities, however they replied that the person was not in jail,” the investigation officer knowledgeable the court docket.

“Document the jail superintendent’s assertion, and if required take motion in opposition to the jail official,” the court docket directed the IO.

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Pakistan implements ban on wheat imports from India and Israel



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has imposed a ban on the import of Indian and Israeli wheat, whereas the commodity can even not be imported from Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and the Ukrainian territories managed by Russia.

Pakistan has imposed a situation on international buying and selling firms to not provide wheat from India and Israel. Wheat provide has additionally been banned from nations going through worldwide sanctions, together with Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

In response to a doc, wheat can even not be bought from the Ukrainian areas beneath the management of Russia in addition to Crimea.

In the meantime, the moisture content material of wheat in a young for the acquisition of 110,000 metric tons of the commodity has been set at 14.5%, whereas the presence of different objects, together with soil, is not going to exceed 1%.

Wheat is scheduled to begin arriving in Gwadar or on the Karachi port on two ships by February 12.

The Buying and selling Company of Pakistan (TCP) not too long ago issued a world tender to acquire and import 110,000 metric tons of wheat, in response to European merchants.

The deadline for submitting value presents on this tender is December 27. As a situation, the wheat must be from the most recent crop.

Cargo is requested for 2024, in consignments of not less than 50,000 tons throughout two intervals between January 10-15 and January 17-22. The wheat should arrive in Pakistan by February 12, 2024.

The TCP has the choice to purchase 10% kind of than the tender quantity. Merchants recommend that Pakistan, going through monetary difficulties, has a major import requirement to handle rising flour costs.

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Indonesian embassy hosts exhibition to strengthen Pak-Indonesia ties



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ISLAMABAD: The embassy of Indonesia in Pakistan on Wednesday inaugurated a week-long exhibition to reinforce consciousness among the many folks of Pakistan in regards to the multi-dimensional relationship between Indonesia and Pakistan.

Organized by the embassy in collaboration with the Nationwide Library of Pakistan, Nationwide Archives of Indonesia, and Nationwide Archives of Pakistan, the exhibition was organized within the premises of the Nationwide Library of Pakistan, a information launch mentioned.

The exhibition showcases a compelling assortment of images, movies, and letters, offering a portrayal of the interactions between the founding fathers of Indonesia and Pakistan, Soekarno, and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It provides a novel glimpse into President Soekarno’s visits to Pakistan and his conferences with Pakistani dignitaries, underlining the shared historical past that binds the 2 nations.

Talking on the event as chief visitor, Head of the Nationwide Archives of Indonesia Imam Gunarto appreciated the folks of Pakistan for his or her love and respect for the leaders of Indonesia, particularly President Sukarno. He mentioned such occasions would strengthen the cultural relations between the 2 international locations, particularly within the fields of archives and historical past.

Indonesian Cost d’ Affaires Yusran Hadromi, in his remarks, prolonged his gratitude to the Nationwide Library of Pakistan and Nationwide Archives of Pakistan for his or her helpful contribution and help in organizing the exhibition. He mentioned, “As two of the world’s largest Muslim international locations, our two international locations share quite a lot of historic and cultural commonalities that present many alternatives to develop collectively. Due to this fact, President Soekarno is extremely revered by the folks and Authorities of Pakistan in recognition of his honest efforts to convey the 2 international locations nearer to one another.”

Senator Mushahid Hussain, on the event, appreciated the initiative of organizing the exhibition and highlighted the vital position of President Soekarno as a statesman. He mentioned, “Soekarno’s revolutionary spirit echoes within the shared values of democracy, independence, and cultural variety that proceed to unite Indonesia and Pakistan. This exhibition is a well timed reminder of the robust basis laid by our visionary leaders, paving the way in which for a way forward for collaboration and mutual prosperity.”

Earlier, in his welcoming remarks, Director Common of the Nationwide Library of Pakistan Asif Iqbal Khan mentioned, “This exhibition serves as a bridge between our two nations, connecting us by the wealthy tapestry of historical past that binds Indonesia and Pakistan collectively.”

Highlighting the significance of the exhibition, Director of the Nationwide Archives of Pakistan Dr Mazhar Saeed mentioned, “The showcased archives underscore the significance of preserving our shared heritage, guaranteeing that the legacy of leaders like Dr Soekarno and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah continues to encourage generations.”

The occasion additionally featured fascinating performances by Indonesian college students on the stage, showcasing sensible angklung (music) and dance performances, together with Pasambahan, Randai, and Indang dances – a vibrant illustration of West Sumatra province.

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