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Pure Mode of Life: Pattern of natural meals on rise in KP

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PESHAWAR: Unaware of the extreme warmth wave in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Zakir Khan, (58), a poor fruit-seller was utilizing a hand fan to dry his perspiration whereas sitting in entrance of his wicker basket filled with domestically grown natural bananas.

Sitting on a footpath in fruits and vegetable market in Pabbi bazaar, Nowshera in scorching warmth amid shouts of low costs by the shopkeepers, Zakir Khan, who cleaned his sweaty face and arms with a white scarf, has began incomes substantial earnings for his eight-member household after rising development in direction of use of natural meals amongst individuals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“My sons gather bananas from totally different villages, farms and cargo them to his Qingqi rickshaw on the market within the Pabbi fruit market in Nowshera district,” Zakir, who was related to natural meals enterprise for the final 5 years, advised APP. He stated, “Today, most individuals choose to purchase the fruits that come straight from bushes or fields as a substitute of shopping for non-organic fruits, which frequently processed by the usage of totally different chemical compounds and sprays of pesticides.”

“Previous to 2017, I used to be related to non-organic fruits and later shifted to natural enterprise protecting in view its excessive revenue margin,” he stated, including that one dozen natural bananas was being bought for Rs 150 to Rs 180 towards Rs 100 to Rs 120 non-organic within the native market as customers’ response to the previous was encouraging as a result of its excessive dietary worth. “Regardless of COVID-19 pandemic, I continued my enterprise and now was capable of interact two extra labourers to buy natural bananas to fulfill prospects’ calls for.” He stated that folks of all age teams together with girls, senior residents and kids have been taking eager curiosity in natural fruits and “we’re tirelessly working to fulfill market demand.”

“In summer time, I’m promoting natural fruits like bananas, peaches, cherries, jaman, mangoes and grapes, whereas in winter funding is made in walnuts, pine nuts, apples and oranges as a result of their natural nature and excessive earnings worth,” he stated, including that he was planning to export the natural merchandise to Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs) if monetary assist was supplied by the KP authorities.

Dr Fazal Wahab, Director Agriculture Analysis merged tribal districts, stated that northern Punjab, KP, japanese Balcohstain, Azad Kashmir, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan have been appropriate for natural meals farming. He stated that the local weather of KP was probably the most appropriate for natural farming, particularly that of Malakand, Hazara divisions and merged tribal districts of Kurram, South Wazirisrtan and North Waziristan.

He stated that Pakistan’s fertile soil was most suited to manufacturing of various kinds of natural vegatables and fruits, including that, the the nation’s walnuts, chalgoza, orange, locots, chaunsa mangoes and peas have been being most well-liked in home and worldwide markets as a result of their dietary worth and higher style.

The peas of Batakundi, Kalam and Parachinar, wheat and maize flour of southern districts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have been natural in nature as there’s hardly any use of pesticide. He stated that farmers have been regularly shifting in direction of natural practices as a result of its three-times greater profitability than the non-organic fruits.

Dr Wahab cited a analysis examine suggesting that quantity of sure vitamins may range between typical and natural bananas, including that the latter was greater in zinc, fiber and nutritional vitamins than the previous. He stated roughly 1,000 natural vegetation, together with herbs, saffron, aloe vera, medicinal and beauty have been being produced within the nation. “Nonetheless, nonetheless we’ve got to import totally different herbs vegetation to cater the wants of pharmaceutical business.

Saffron, aloe vera and olives cultivation have been began within the nation together with KP the place the market measurement of natural merchandise had virtually been doubled in the course of the previous few years.

The Director Agriculture Analysis stated {that a} high quality certification company had principally decided whether or not the product was natural or non-organic, including that the nation lacked such providers and principally the farmers relied on International GAP (good agriculture apply) company for certification earlier than exporting their merchandise to the European Union. He stated that Pakistani farmers needed to pay about Rs1.5 million per 5 acres for certification of their natural merchandise, including that farmers have been being given a yearlong coaching for cultivation and farming of natural agriculture merchandise.

Dr Wahab stated that natural farming was a extremely worthwhile enterprise and a farmer may simply earn 30 % extra revenue than the non-organic from one acre produce. “The agriculture division has launched a mega venture ‘certification of agriculture merchandise and natural meals farming,’ within the province underneath which farmers excited about natural farming are being imparted coaching and certification providers would even be issued”, he stated.

Local weather change, he stated, was an enormous problem for natural farming, including that due to it, the variety of bugs and vegetation illnesses had elevated as evident from locust assault in southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2020 that inflicted big losses upon farmers. 5 new analysis stations can be established at Bajaur, Parachinar, Shawal North Waziristan, Kalam and Kaghan to advertise natural farming, he added.

Professor Dr Ziaullah Khan Chamkani, Head of Medical Division, Girl Studying Hospital, stated that use of natural meals was useful in stopping weight problems and coronary heart assault moreover lowering dangers of most cancers, infertility, allergic reactions and hypertension in moms throughout being pregnant. He stated that one of many causes of underweight beginning was extreme use of unhygienic and non-organic meals.

Dr Ziaullah suggested individuals to undertake further care whereas buying non-organic meals, fruits and vegetable from open markets and be sure that it was secure in all elements earlier than consumptions. He stated that desire ought to be given to natural meals, particularly for lactating moms, kids and senior residents to spice up their immunity degree.

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2,763 staff to maintain Peshawar clear on Eid

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PESHAWAR: The Water and Sanitation Providers Peshawar (WSSP) on Sunday finalized three-day Eidul Azha sanitation operation plan for 65 union councils of Peshawar.

The plan was finalized throughout a gathering with WSSP Chief Govt Officer Dr Hassan Nasir within the chair. As per the plan, 2763 sanitary staff can be on obligation on the primary day of Eidul Azha.

The corporate will accumulate offal by way of 706 automobiles of which 339 are WSSP’s personal fleet whereas 367 automobiles are employed for the most important sanitation operation of the yr by which over 14,000 tons of waste is anticipated to be collected and disposed inside 3 days of Eid.

An enormous consciousness marketing campaign has been launched within the provincial metropolis to sensitize lots about holding the environment clear and disposing offal at designated places.

The outreach groups have liaise with  250 Ulemas and prayer leaders to conscious lots relating to correct waste disposal and keep away from throwing offal in drains, streets and canals.

Of two,763 employees, 1218 are sanitary staff, 943 Katta Qulis, 330 drivers, 118 helpers, 74 municipal inspectors and 78 supervisors.

Of the full fleet, 113 Suzuki dumpers, 63 mini dumpers, 36 bike loaders, 149 small and enormous tractors, 39 compactors, 63 shovels, 93 vehicles, 27 multi-loaders armroll, 112 dumpers, 11 excavators can be used for offal and waste assortment.

All zonal managers have finalized non permanent switch stations the place the waste can be collected from slim streets and congested residential localities after which taken to Shamshato dumping website some 22km away from metropolis premises.

The waste can be fumigated and powder lime shall be used earlier than protecting it with soil on the dumping website and in switch stations. A big measurement pit has additionally been excavated to correctly cowl the waste and offal on the dumping website.

Monitoring groups supervised by the WSSP Chief Govt Officer Dr Hassan Nasir comprising normal managers, zonal managers, managers and assistant managers are constituted for efficient execution of the plan.

To divide the employees and automobiles zone-wise, Zone-A will deploy 609 employees and 192 automobiles. In Zone-B, 723 employees and 192 automobiles shall be deployed to hold out operation.

The corporate will deploy 746 employees and 159 automobiles in Zone-C whereas 362 sanitary staff to gather waste by way of 93 automobiles of various sizes in Zone-D. The newly established Zone-E will deploy 324 employees and 76 automobiles. The corporate is anticipated to gather 12,818 tons of waste throughout three days of operation.

As per the plan, the offal assortment factors can be washed, fumigated whereas powder lime shall be used as disinfectant to manage stench.

The corporate has already launched an consciousness marketing campaign in all union councils. Groups of group growth officers are organizing nook conferences to unfold consciousness amongst lots to dump waste at designated factors. About 500 consciousness banners are positioned in each nook and nook of the town inscribed with slogans to maintain the town clear of offal and assist line quantity 1334 of the corporate.

Ulema, lecturers, elders and folks from all walks of life are being engaged to make the sanitation operation a hit. “Plenty’ function is important in holding the town clear,” stated Dr Nasir.

 

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KPBC units up physique to plan SOPs for legal professionals’ strike name

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has constituted a committee to organize Customary Working Procedures (SOPs) for calling a legal professionals’ strike which might submit its recommendations inside every week time.

The spokesman for KP Bar Council (KPBC) knowledgeable on Sunday that the choice was taken within the Common Physique’s assembly of KPBC chaired by its Vice President Mohammad Ali Khan Jadoon held right here on the opposite day.

The assembly strongly condemned the homicide incident that came about on courtroom premises in district Lakki Marwat and demanded fool-proof safety for the courts.

The members additionally demanded an inquiry into the arrest of Munir Hussain Lughmani in district Manshera in opposition to DIG Hazara and different law enforcement officials and warned of taking additional motion if the calls for weren’t met inside every week.

The assembly mentioned the difficulty of permitting deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners in Malakand division to train judicial powers and urged the provincial authorities to withdraw its petition filed within the Supreme Courtroom on this regard.

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Admin kicks off anti-encroachment drive alongside River Swat

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SWAT: The district administration on Thursday launched an operation in opposition to unlawful constructions, encroachments, and accumulation of particles together with River Swat right here.

The choice to launch the anti-encroachment operation was taken at a high-level assembly chaired by Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai at Commissioner’s workplace Saidu Sharif.

The assembly was attended by Regional Police Officer Malakand Division Zeeshan Asghar, Swat Deputy Commissioner Junaid Khan, District Police Officer Zahid Nawaz Marwat and different officers.

The assembly additionally accredited the formation of a committee to work out a method for figuring out encroachments and different unlawful actions alongside River Swat.

The Assistant Commissioner Bahrain will chair the committee and SDO Irrigation and TMO Bahrain will likely be members of the committee. The SDO Irrigation has been assigned the duty to determine encroachments underneath the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa River Safety Act (Amended) 2014.

Throughout the assembly, Commissioner Shaukat Ali Yousafzai expressed outrage over unlawful constructions and particles being dumped round Swat River. He mentioned that such conduct towards the pure surroundings, particularly with Swat River is insupportable. Strict motion must be taken in opposition to encroachers, mentioned the commissioner. The commissioner mentioned {that a} committee is being fashioned to maneuver ahead underneath a complete plan.

However, the committee has began its work and on the suggestions of the committee, the Swat district administration has despatched 21 individuals to jail underneath part 3 of Upkeep of Public Order Ordinance.

However, residents of Kalam staged a sit-in in opposition to the arrests in the course of the anti-encroachment operation in Kalam valley final evening.

The protesters, led by Malik Pattan Khan, former Tehsil Nazim Habibullah, Malik Amir Stated and Malik Gul Zada, blocked all roads together with the primary freeway of Mingora and continued chanting slogans in opposition to the administration.

The audio system claimed that residents of Kalam had been arrested in a raid on their homes final evening, which is in opposition to native traditions and tantamount to victimization.

They introduced that their protest would proceed till the arrested individuals are launched.

In the meantime, Malik Pattan Khan, who led a protest in opposition to the administration in Kalam Valley, died of a cardiac arrest.

He was on the best way house after the protest ended when he suffered a coronary heart assault which proved deadly. He was a senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami.

 

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