Scientists asked to focus on agri research, coordination activities

ISLAMABAD (INP): PARC should focus on agricultural research and research coordination activities. Scientists and officers at PARC HQs should have soft and helping attitude. The scientific community is very small in number in our country for 200 million people. This was stated by Chairman PARC Dr Yusuf Zafar (T.I.) while addressing the senior scientists and officers at PARC (HQs). Chairman PARC said that NARC has 70% fighting force for agricultural research and development activities. He said that the Agricultural Linkages Programme (ALP) and Research for Agricultural Development Programme (RADP) projects are source of oxygen and funding to support small and important projects of PARC and other national agricultural research system. He said that the efforts of Pakistani scientists and farming community for the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan are appreciated that resulted to enhance agricultural productivity in our country and due to this approximately over 9 million tons of wheat stock are still available in the country.

Besides others fields of agriculture the production of fruits and vegetables also improved in the country.

On this occasion, he gave his future guideline, vision and approach to scientists for the promotion and development of agriculture sector in Pakistan.

He said that he is taking various measures to improve administrative and financial matters in PARC system. He has also given directives to PARC Establishment to initiate promotion process of scientists and employees and complete task up to December 2016. He also announced that the performance of each Institute of PARC system as well as scientist and officer will also be reviewed to improve their performance and working efficiency of the organization.

PBC UAE delegation visits BOI

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Ahmed Shaikhani, president Pakistan Business Council, UAE, along with eleven-member delegation visited Board of Investment and met with Minister of State/Chairman, BOI Dr. Miftah Ismail and Azher Ali Choudhry, Secretary, BOI. The Chairman welcomed the delegation and highlighted the investment opportunities available in different sectors of the economy i.e automobile, food & food processing, energy, power, Oil & Gas, dairy products & livestock etc. in Pakistan. Ahmed Shaikhani, President, Pakistan Business Council, UAE informed that the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) – Dubai had come into existence in 2004, under the patronage of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Ahmed Shaikhani informed that PBC plans to hold seminar/exhibition in Dubai in the month of December, 2016 and invited BOI to participate in the event for combined efforts to boost investment and trade relations between the two countries.

The Chairman BOI assured to participate along with Secretary, BOI if, a mega event is arrange by the PBC in Dubai.

MOS/Chairman, BOI informed that the government encouraging the private sector for setting up industries in Pakistan. The Special Economic Zones (SEZ) has been established to meet the global challenges of competitiveness to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The law allows creating industrial cluster with liberal incentives, infrastructure, investor facilitation services to enhance productivity and reduce cost of doing business for economic development and poverty reduction.

The government offered one time Exemptions from all taxes on all imported Capital Goods and Exemption from Income Tax for a period of ten years till June 30, 2020 and five years thereafter for SEZ Zone enterprises. He also informed that Laws have been tailored to safeguard and ensure protection of investments. The foreign investment is fully protected under the Foreign Private Investment (Promotion & Protection) Act, 1976, and Protection of Economic Reforms Act 1992.

Labour Dept, PESSI to hold monthly meetings at LCCI

LAHORE (APP): Punjab Labour Welfare Department Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) would meet on monthly basis to resolve the issues of the business community. This was decided at a meeting between LCCI Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Director General Labour Welfare Department of Punjab M Saleem Hussain and PESSI Commissioner Mansoor Qadir here at Lahore Chamber on Tuesday. Former LCCI Senior Vice President Tahir Javed Malik, Executive Committee Members Mian Zahid Javed, Mian Abdul Razzaq, Adnan Khalid Butt, Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry, Chairman Ferozepur Road Industrial Association (FRIA) Khawaja Shahzeb Akram and others spoke on the occasion. Punjab Labour Welfare Department DG M Saleem Hussain said that genuine reservations of the business community would be addressed on priority. He said businessmen would be taken into confidence before conducting inspection.

Farmers advised to complete gram sowing in irrigated areas by Nov 10

MULTAN (APP): Agriculture experts have advised farmers to complete sowing of gram in irrigated areas from October 20 to November 10 to get good yield. However, farmers from Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, besides other districts of central and southern Punjab should complete sowing of gram from October end to November 15, says a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department on Tuesday. Experts said that farmers should sow registered varieties of Desi gram including Balksar-2000, Punjab-2008, Wanhar-2000, Thal-98, CM-98, Thal-2006, and Bakhar-2011 and Kabul gram CM-2008, Noor-91, Noor-2009, Noor-2013, and Taman-2013. Gram sowing be done by drill so that seed should get suitably moist soil for better germination. Soil with low capability to retain water or sandy soil should have rows separated by one foot while fertile soil having better capability to retain water or soil in rainy areas should have rows separated by one and a half feet.

Seed should be applied at the rate of 30-35 kilogram per acre and plant to plant distance be maintained at six inches. Plant population should be maintained at 85000 to 90000 per acre. Seed should be graded before sowing and thick granules be separated.

Some suitable anti-fungus agent be applied to seed before sowing.

The experience of gram sowing within Sep sown sugarcane crop has so far proved successful.

In irrigated areas, farmers should apply one and a half bags of DAP or half bag of Urea per acre plus one and a half bag of TSP or a bag of Nitrophos per acre plus a bag of TSP or half bag of Urea per acre plus four bags of SSP 18 per cent per acre.

However, in rain-fed areas, a bag of DAP per acre be applied.