SIALKOT – Federal Minister for National Regulation and Services Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the PPP government would soon introduce solar energy tube-wells to pull the country’s agricultural sector out of the existing energy crisis, saying that the dream of agricultural development and prosperity could never become true without developing the agriculture on modern lines.

She said that the farmers would soon get solar energy tube-wells under the government’s revolutionary agricultural solar energy promotion scheme.  She was addressing tractors distribution ceremony here at Kotli Loharaan on Friday.  She distributed the keys of tractors among local farmers through a draw held by Zarai Taraqiyati Bank Limited (ZTBL) here on Friday.

The Federal Minister said that Pakistan recently inked a solar energy promotion pact with China. She narrated that the solar energy tube-wells would boost agriculture in the country, as the government was taking effective steps to modernize agriculture sector and putting it on the road towards the goal of self-reliance.

Dr Firdous said that the agriculture was the backbone of the country. She said that the government was fully aware of the prolonged perturbing problems confronted by the farmers’ community and was making all out sincere efforts for their amicable solution to these problems.

She further said that the early and easy provision of advanced farm machinery, quality seeds and fertilizers at subsidized rates was the top priority of the PPP government.

3 butchers arrested: On the directive of Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Sohail Akhtar, Veterinary Dr Tauqeetr Hayat conducted raids in city markets to check quality of meat and arrested three butchers for selling unhygienic meat.

As per detail, Veterinary Dr Tauqeer Hayat along with police contingent raided various meat and mutton shops to check quality of meat and mutton and found substandard and unhygienic meat on the shops of Imran in Qudratabad, Billo Butcher in Moti bazaar and Nizar Ahmad in Main bazaar. They also recovered huge quantity of substandard, injurious and watered meat from the shops. The Police also arrested the butchers and booked them under u/s 273/19 of PLGO 2001.