Bosan to inaugurate small scale mango treatment plant today

ISLAMABAD (Online): Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Bosan will inaugurate the demonstration of small scale mango hot water treatment plant at Mango Research Institute, Multan today (Monday).  Mango hot water treatment unit is developed by PARC (Pakistan Agricultural Research Council) scientists and his plant will promote the disease free mango export.  The PARC also planned to start a project which will help to further development of such plants and will be introduced among local farmers of country to boost-up the disease free production of food items.

 Whereas Federal Secretary for National Food Security & Research Seerat Asghar, Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, provincial horticulture scientists, International development partner, representative of mango growth association and local farmers will also attend this event.

Sale of firewood rises owing to

increasing price of LPG

ISLAMABAD (APP): Due to increase in price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) during the Holly Month of Ramzan, the sale of firewood have increased in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. With the increase in prices of LPG , a number of people including hotel owners, vendors have started using firewood to run their stoves during Ramzan. Talking to APP, Mukhtar Ahmed a vendor complained that abrupt rise in LPG and firewood price had hit hard their business, who depend on it for cooking. He said that firewood sellers were also cashing the situation and  charging their own.  Due to the Ramzan, the consumption of firewood and LPG was went rise which lead to price hike of these items, he added.

A resident of G-6/4, Abid Ali said that LPG was being sold at 130 per kg with domestic cylinder at Rs 1510, which is unaffordable.

The prices of dry wood had also reached 1100 per 40 kg, he said.

He said that retailers were earning high profit by overcharging the masses as they are selling the commodity on higher prices.

Zahid Khan, a citizen, said that they couldn’t buy LPG and firewood due to higher prices in absence of natural gas for stoves.

A firewood trader, Umair Ali, said that the jump in price of firewood was because of huge transportation cost and its increasing demand.

The residents urged the authorities concerned to take action against the sudden increase in firewood prices.

PCGA announces election

schedule for 2014-15

MULTAN (APP): The Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association (PCGA) has announced an election schedule for 2014-15. According to press release issued here, PCGA elections in both zones for the vacant posts of central executive committee will be held on Sept 13. Similarly, elections for PCGA chairman and vice chairman will be held on Sept 19. The final list of eligible members for casting vote will be issued on August 20. Nomination papers for 15 vacant posts of the PCGA central executive committee can be submitted till August 25 and the final list of candidates will be displayed on Sept 8.

Similarly, nomination papers for chairman and vice chairman can be submitted till Sept 16 and the final lists will be displayed on Sept 17.

The PCGA general body meeting will be held on Sept 27 at

PCGA house Multan.

Meanwhile, the PCGA announced the names of election commission members and returning officers for the election.

Sajjad Hussain Goraya will head the election commission with Khawaja Farooq Ahmad and Mehfooz Ahmad Bajwa as its members.

Acting secretary general Asif Khalil will be the returning officer, Syed Tauqir Hussain (incharge north zone) deputy returning officer, Muhammad Bilal Afzal (assistant secretary) assistant returning officer and Mirza Taufiq Baig (incharge south zone) assistant returning officer.

Thousands benefit from subsidy

at USC

ISLAMABAD (APP): Thousands of people visit Utility Stores Corporation (USC) daily for taking benefit from the billions of rupees subsidy offered by the government on essential food items during the holy month of Ramzan. The shoppers at various Utility Stores said that most of the people prefer utility stores for buying essential food items due to subsidized rates.They said that the prices of various food items at utility stores were comparatively less than the open market. Farhan Ullah, a shopper at G-7 Utility Store lauded the government for announcing subsidy for Ramzan. Quality food items and non-food items are available in utility stores which provide relief to the people, he added.

Sajid, another visitor purchasing flour from the utility store said that number of people visiting these stores has soared to manifold due to the lucrative offers by the government and the stores administration.

A large number of men, women and families could be seen standing in long queues waiting for payment to the cashier at the counters of these utility stores. The utility store officials apprised that the mechanism of monitoring has also been imposed to watch the situation closely and in this regard inspection teams are formed to visit different utility stores without intimation.

Papin dam project to be completed

by 2018-19

ISLAMABAD (APP): The 200mw Papin dam project, being constructed by the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) in district Rawalpindi will be completed by 2018-19. According to an official of Wapda, the storage of flood water will also be utilized for irrigating agriculture development of 18,000 acres of agricultural area. The Papin project will help socio-economic uplift, poverty reduction and women emancipation, he said. He said that upon the completion of the project, it will contribute 200 Kw to the national grid system and would also result in bringing green revolution by irrigating a vast stretch of agriculture land in the Potohar region.

He said that the government believes in uplifting people with the development of infrastructure and providing all basic facilities of life to them.