Workshop on potato held

Okara –  A Consultative Workshop on Potato Economic Transformation Initiative of Gilgit-Baltistan commenced here on Thursday.

Opportunities of evolvement of potato cultivation growth and its enhancement in farming, business, export, exchange of expertise, experience of potato cultivation in Punjab and GB provinces were discussed.

Speakers including Chaudhry Maqsood Ahmad while addressing the workshop said that potato seed and edible oil amounting to billions of rupees were being imported by Pakistan. “If we want to be self-sufficient in these produce, we must utilise all the resources particularly in potato sowing. Standard potato seed must be cultivated in GB where it will give far better results,” he said.

He disclosed that for the last three years a defective foreign seed of potato had been imported by Pakistan on political basis. He said that from now onward, if any seed was found defective, the farmers would move the court against seed suppliers.

Five charged with timber theft; impersonators held

The Ravi Police booked five persons on charges of stealing state-owned timber worth Rs180,000 here the other day.

Amjad Ali of village 34/GD submitted a complaint to the police, accusing Jahangir, Farooq, Umar Hayat, Akbar and Nawab of huge quantity timber owned by the state. The complainant alleged that the suspects had logged and stole the state owned timer worth Rs180,000. Investigation was underway.

On the other hand, three impersonators were booked for sweeping citizens’ pockets by posing selves to be Police Qaumi Razakar. The accused were identified as Sajid Aslam, Shahid Idrees and Shahzad. A case was registered against them at the Renala Khurd police station.


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