New techniques to avoid paddy crop losses

ISLAMABAD (staff reporter):  Rice quality has been an issue since long and there is a tough competition among rice exporting countries in international market. There is a need for improved rice production, harvesting and milling technology. Currently about 9000 old re-assembled conventional wheat combine harvesters are being used and that are causing grain shattering, breakage losses and low head rice recovery.  This was stated by Dr. Munir Ahmad, Secretary, PARC while addressing the farmers, rice millers, rice exporters, and representatives of line departments on the occasion a day-long national seminar.

 on "Rice quality and head recovery affected by harvesting/threshing and milling practices" at a local hotel.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Director General of National Agricultural Research Council (NARC) said by adopting new improved harvesting machines about 4-6 billion worth of losses in rice quality could be saved annually. He said PARC has developed various crop productions technologies and innovations for the benefit of small farmers. He said we are working with various stakeholders for transfer of new innovations to the end-users to make the agriculture more profitable.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Tanveer Ahmad, Director of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Institute (ABEI) National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) said due to traditional drying and storage practices more often rice produced is affected by a flatoxin.  Poor crop conditions also affect rice head rice recovery.  PARC has conducted a study factors causing low head rice recovery.  The results showed that conventional combines are causing low head rice recovery and paddy harvested by head feeding combines and manual harvesting gave better head rice recovery.  On this occasion Mian Mohsin Aziz (Rice Miller Exporter), Mr. Abid Ilyas Dar (Engro Eximp), Mian Amir (Rice Miller), Rana Zafar (Guard Rice), Engr. Liaquat Ali and progressive farmers also addressed and shared their knowledge and views.

UBG announces panel for FPCCI


LAHORE (APP): United Business Group (UBG) here Monday announced its panel of candidates for Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) election-2015 to be held on 29th of this month. The candidates were finalized and announced in the 30-member UBG core committee meeting presided over by its Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik, while trade leaders from all the four provinces ensured their active participation. The core committee also conducted interviews of the individuals, who submitted their applications with the UBG to contest on various seats of the FPCCI.

 Later, the core committee conducted balloting for the final candidates for Chambers Class and Association Class to be fielded in the Federation election-2015. It is to mention that UBG has already announced Muhammad Idrees as its Presidential candidate in the FPCCI election.

However, the UBG core committee, after due course of process, announced the following panel for the FPCCI election-2015:

Abdur Rahim Janoo from Karachi as Senior Vice President; Fehmida

Kausar Jamali from Baluchistan as Vice President on Women Seat; and other candidates for Vice Presidents included: Shah Nawaz Ishtiaq,

Muhammad Waseem Vohra, Hameed Akhtar Chaddha, Khawaja Zarrar Kaleem, Ghazanfar Bilore, Engineer Daroo Khan Achakzai, Aziz Ahmed Bilore, Muhammad Akram Rajpoot and Muhammad Akram Fareed.

After the meeting, the UBG Chairman Iftikhar Ali Malik told media that the Group focused on bringing forth the young-talent; well-qualified, dynamic, dedicated and dignified people having vast experience in their respective trades.

He said that United Business Group had mustered support of trade bodies and associations from across Pakistan and hoped that the Group would clean sweep the FPCCI election-2015.

PTA unearths two illegal gateway exchanges in Gujrat

ISLAMABAD (APP): The PTA has unearthed two illegal gateway exchanges at two different locations of Gujrat and arrested three persons from the spot. The Authority, in its ongoing efforts to control grey trafficking, conducted two successful raids along with FIA at Bilal Town and Bhimber Road Gujrat and recovered 9 illegal VoIP exchange, gateways and other equipment.  Three persons were arrested from the spot and were in FIA custody for further investigation.The successful raids against the grey operators were made possible because of continuous monitoring, commitment and persistent efforts by PTA in curbing the menace, thus curtailing the loss to national exchequer.

Chinese entrepreneurs keen to

establish JVs with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Chinese entrepreneurs from Tianjin Metropolis led by Ms. Jinling Xu on Monday expressed keen desire to establish joint ventures in Pakistan in areas of mutual interest.  The delegation which visited the ICCI here was representing building materials, PPR pipes & fittings, interior designing, electrical equipment including elevators & excavators, mobile & mobile accessories, innovative & smart lifestyle products, security solutions and tourism etc. Addressing the local business community, Ms. Jinling Xu, Head of Tianjin delegation said that Pakistan and China have time-tested good relations and people of China have special love and respect for the govt and people of Pakistan.

She said the Chinese entrepreneurs have come to Pakistan to find out

possibilities of investment and joint ventures in Pakistan in order to transform the good historic ties into thriving trade and economic relations between the two countries. She urged Pakistani business community to develop strong networking with Chinese counterparts to expand their businesses.

Welcoming the Chinese delegation, Muhammad Shakeel Munir, Acting President, ICCI said that China has initiated 22 major projects in Pakistan in various fields including infrastructure development, energy and defense along with more than 120 smaller projects and about 12,000 to 15,000 Chinese engineers & technicians were working in Pakistan, which showed that China was making significant contribution in the economic development of Pakistan.He said China and Pakistan has lot more potential to improve bilateral trade and economic relations as the two countries have big market sizes.  He said Pakistan offered great investment opportunities with attractive incentives to foreign investors, especially in energy, infrastructure development and agriculture and urged that more Chinese investors should explore Pakistan for business ventures.He was hopeful that the visit of Chinese entrepreneurs would produce fruitful results as it would help in exploring potential areas of mutual collaboration.

At this occasion, business community of both countries held business to business (B2B) meetings and shared ideas on further strengthening bilateral business relations between Pakistan and China.

Mobilink partnership with Microsoft

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter): Mobilink has entered into an exclusive partnership with Microsoft Pakistan to launch "Lumia" devices. The partnership entails exclusive launch of a range of devices under the Lumia brand. As part of this partnership, the first device Microsoft Lumia-535 was launched last week at Rs. 14,250. Microsoft Lumia 535 is a feature-rich devices aimed at providing an enhanced experience to data savvy customers. Customers can purchase Microsoft Lumia 535 phones from Mobilink Business Centers across Pakistan. The devices come with an incredible offer of 12 GB of 3G internet, 12,000 Mobilink minutes and 12,000 SMS for a period of 6 months.

Bilal Sheikh, Chief Commercial Officer Mobilink commenting on the launch said; "Mobilink believes in bringing the latest technology and devices to Pakistani market through partnerships with the best manufacturers in the world.