3 CNG stations sealed after SSGC raids

 KARACHI (PR): SSGC Wednesday conducted raids on a number of CNG stations found violating official closure schedule and sealed 3 CNG stations in Hyderabad. SS&CGTO team in coordination with company’s CRD, FIR Cell, along with SSGC Police raided three CNG stations in Haala Naka area in Hyderabad that were running their businesses despite the SSGC’s notification for weekly closure. The team sealed Akber CNG Station, Mashallah CNG and United CNG stations for 48 hours and strongly warned their owners that if they will continue this illegal act, the duration of closure will be increased in weeks and months. In addition, they will be liable to stringent penalties under the Gas (Theft and Recovery) Act 2016. SS&CGTO also conducted raids in Hyderabad and Jamshoro where some miscreants were using gas on domestic connections for commercial purposes such as power generation and bakery use. The team dismantled the connection and advised them to apply for RLNG connection for commercial usage.

 Punjab govt providing seedless kinnow, quality date trees to farmers

MULTAN (APP): Punjab agriculture department has started the process of providing seedless kinnow and quality date trees to farmers and earmarked Rs 780 million for this purpose. The government is spending such a huge amount to provide trees to farmers with an objective to ensure easy and bumper availability of fruits and improve financial condition of the farmers. The date trees are being provided to farmers hailing from Bahawalpur, Multan, Jhang, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Bhakkar and Rahim Yar Khan districts. Similarly, the farmers of district Sargodha, Toba Tek Singh, Mandi Bahauddin, Vehari, Sahiwal, and Layyah are being given kinnow trees. Date trees will be given free of cost while kinnow trees at subsidized prices. Farmers could get forms from office of project director/horticulture research station Bahawalpur while the forms of kinnow are available at Office of Director Citrus Research Station. Farmers could also download forms at website www.agripunjab.gov.pk.

The farmers are instructed to submit forms by February 20.

Farmers can contact at phone numbers 062-9255432 and 048-3701312 for any sort of information or query.

 Need for modern technology use in agriculture stressed

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Use of modern techniques and technologies in agriculture is the need of the hour which carries equal significance for both the businessmen and the men of science and technology. It was upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on 'High Value Agriculture' held here at Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Wednesday. LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Ceo Yuksel Seeds, Turkey Yaqub Yuksel, Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Mechanized & High Value Agriculture Mian Shafqat Ali, ex-vice chancellor Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi Dr Rai Niaz Ahmed, Dr Khawaja Asif, Mian Shaukat Ali, Faisal Iqbal Sheikh and Naeem Hanif also spoke on the occasion. The experts said that there was a dire need for reforms in agriculture sector and addition in cropped area as country could not afford to stay where it was today in terms of cropped areas and per hectare yield because it was already running well short of per capita food availability.

They said that yield gap in the four major crops of Pakistan was three times from the best producers in the world such as China and Egypt. They said that low yield had contributed to the poverty in rural areas besides forcing country to import agriculture produces to feed its population.

 Saudi budget airline Flynas to launch 14 direct flights to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas is all set to launch 14 direct flights from the Kingdom’s airports to major cities in Pakistan. According to Arab News, announcing its expansion programme, the airline said the launch is part of its ongoing programme to extend its reach to Asia and open new strategic international routes. Flynas will launch flights from Dammam, Riyadh, and Jeddah to both Lahore and Islamabad and will commence on Thursday with flights from Riyadh to Lahore. Riyadh-to-Islamabad flights will follow on Friday, along with flights from Dammam to Lahore, while flights from Jeddah to Lahore will be launched on Saturday. These flights will utilise the A320 fleet and new B767 aircraft. Bookings can be made through Flynas’ smartphone application, travel agents, and the flynas website. The new routes will serve business travelers as well as ferry Haj and Umrah visitors.