Businessmen Group not to participate in FPCCI polls

KARACHI (APP): Siraj Kassam Teli, a senior member of FPCCI, on Saturday said his group known as “Businessmen Group” is neither participating nor supporting any of the contenders in the forthcoming polls of the Chamber. He said the stance of “Business Group” that presence of fake associations as members of the federation makes the polling exercise simply futile remains intact. Teli reiterated that his group firmly believes that bogus and fake associations/chambers continues to exist and therefore prudence demand to keep oneself away from the polls. He, however, appreciated that both the contending groups have committed to cleanse FPCCI of all fake/bogus entities.

Teli alleged that both the groups have a good number of them under their respective umbrellas. We will also see which group is interested more in the compliance of Trade Organisation Ordinance (TOO) 2013, he said.

RCCI urges traders to seek guidance from the Quaid’s lifestyle

RAWALPINDI (APP): RCCI President Mian Humayun Parvez has urged traders to seek guidance from the lifestyle of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and work hard, put all energies to transform Pakistan into a model state. RCCI President expressed these views on the 139th birth anniversary of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah being celebrated at RCCI. Pakistan Green Task Force President Dr Jamal Nasir was the chief quest on the occasion. President RCCI said that following the footsteps of Quaid-i-Azam we can make Pakistan a prosperous and progressive state. He said that we should abide by the principles ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’set by our beloved Quaid, an all-time beacon for us.

Dr. Jamal Nasir said, “Our country has now embarked upon the path to progress as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam.” A short video documentary on Quaid’s life was also shown to the audience.

Senior Vice President Saqib Rafiq, Vice President Aqil Obaid, Group leader Suhail Altaf, Former president Manzar Khurshid, Vice Chairman standing committee Makhdoom Tahir Shah and member of the executive committee were also present on the occasion.

Punjab sunflower cultivation schedule issued

FAISALABAD (APP): The agri dept has issued a schedule for sunflower cultivation in various districts of the Punjab. Growers of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal, Multan, Vehari and Bahawal Nagar should cultivate sunflower from January 01 to 31 while best suitable time for sunflower cultivation in DG Khan, Muzaffar Garh, Layyah, Lodhran, Rajan Pur and Bhakkar is from Jan 10 to Feb 10. Similarly, farmers of Faisalabad, Jhang, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Sahiwal and Okara should cultivate sunflower crops from Jan 15 to Feb 15 whereas suitable time for Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Mandi Bahaud Din, Qusoor, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Narowal, Attock, Rawalpindi, Gujrat and Chakwal is from Feb 01 to 25, he added.

He said that the growers should cultivate approved sunflower varieties including Hi-sun-33, Hi-sun-39, Agora-4, NK-278, FH-331, DK-4040, G-101 and 64-A-93 because these varieties are not only disease resistant but also give bumper production.

15 sites identified along CPEC route to set up industrial zones

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Board of Investment in consultation with all the provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan has so far identified 15 sites for the establishment of special industrial zones alongside China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Sources in Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms told Radio Pakistan that seven sites have been identified in Balochistan and eight in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Prime Minister has also constituted a committee to identify the potential sites of industrial zones along western passage of CPEC. Meanwhile, implementation of work on Gwadar Free Zone has already begun and land for this purpose had been handed over to the Port Operator.

Passco undertakes construction of 20 godowns

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation Ltd (Passco) has undertaken the construction of 20 godowns with its own indigenous resources. According to official sources, 10 godowns each were being constructed at Khanewal and Pindi Bhattian zones. Passco has the capacity to store 431,000 MT stocks in its 311 Godowns. Passco has 283 house type godowns and 28 concrete silos. The corporation has 273 Godowns in Punjab with capacity of 300,100 MT, three in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with capacity of 3,300 MT, five in Sindh with capacity of 3,300 MT and two Balochistan with 2,200 MT, besides 28 concrete Silos (Punjab and Sindh) with capacity of 97,000 MT edible food.

Passco has federal strategic reserves of 1.737 million metric tons wheat. Saarc Food Bank Reserves accommodate stocks of 40,000 MT and allocation for Army, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan,World Food Programme (WFP) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) are 697,000 MT.

The allocation for agencies is for one year and Strategic Reserves and Saarc Food Bank reserves are maintained throughout the year for any emergency requirement. Held stocks of wheat is carried over to the next year in case of non utilization.

Stocks held upto November 30, were 1,542,584 MT, including 257,415 MT in godowns and 1,285,169 MT in open.