Kitchen gardening programme launched for Rabi season

FAISALABAD (APP): The Agriculture department has launched a kitchen gardening programme for Rabi season across the province. A spokesman of the agriculture (extension) department told APP here Sunday that 70,000 packets containing seeds of 8 vegetables including radish, carrot, spinach, turnip, coriander etc have been provided at sales points to distribute them among the farmers at the rate of Rs 50 per packet. He said that the kitchen gardening programme was not only a healthy activity but also provides 280 grams fresh vegetables daily. These vegetables are not only pesticide free but also fit for human consumption and keep the people healthy.

He further said that people could grow these vegetables in pots, plastic bags, crates, boxes and open spaces in their houses.The same can also be cultivated at rooftop of the houses.

The agriculture department has also started a special campaign to educate and impart training to people so that maximum benefits could be got from kitchen gardening programme, he added.

Wapda to construct small, medium dams in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): WAPDA will construct small and medium dams in Balochistan to conserve water in less developed, remote and far-flung areas. According to a private news chanel, in the first phase, five small and medium dams are at different stages of planning, award and construction. These dams include Naulong Dam in Jhal Magsi, Winder and Hingol dams in Lasbela, Pelar Dam in Awaran and Garuk Dam in Kharan. Balochistan government is also in process to prepare PC-1 of Mangi dam, which will be submitted shortly to the Federal Government. To ensure its early implementation, the Federal Government has already allocated five hundred million rupees in the current Public Sector Development Programme.

Farmers appreciate reduction in fertiliser prices

LAHORE (APP): Small farmers have highly appreciated the reduction in prices of Diammonium phosphate (DAP) and Nitrophos fertilizers and termed it a great relief for them. A small farmer, Shafiq Hassan from Sahiwal, told APP on Sunday that credit went to the PML-N government which for the first time in history of the country announced unprecedented the farmer relief package. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government had announced a subsidy of Rs 20 billion in the package for providing fertilizers to farmers at low prices. Rs 500 have been reduced on per sack of Diammonium phosphate (DAP) and Rs 218 on per sack of Nitrophos.

He said reduction in prices will not only reduce the cost of production but also help in increasing per acre production and strengthening the national economy.

Agriculture experts also hailed the step and said that with the grace of Almighty Allah it would definitely bring betterment for farmers.

The package was aimed at introducing progressive agriculture on scientific lines, reducing production cost of crops and make small farmers prosperous, they added.

Kissan package to accelerate economy: Dastgir

ISLAMABAD (APP): Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan Sunday said that the Kissan package would not improve lot of the farmers but also contribute to the national economic development. Talking to different delegations of local prominent personalities in Gujranwala, he said the measures announced by the prime minister in the package would considerably increase per acre yield of agriculture products, Radio Pakistan reported. Minister for commerce said the package would also enhance per acre yield of agriculture produce. He said the nation’s support to the on-going counter-terrorism operations would establish peace in the country.

Irrigation dept recovers Rs 24m Abiana from growers

MULTAN (APP): The irrigation department has recovered over Rs 24 million water rates (Abiana) from growers during the Rabbi season 2014-15. According to official sources, teams recovered water rates over Rs 24 million from growers in four districts of the Multan zone. Over Rs 1.8 million water rates were recovered from Multan, Rs one million from Lodhran, over Rs 13 million from Vehari and over Rs 7.6 million from PakPattan during the Rabi season 2014-15 from July to Oct-2015. Meanwhile, Rs 86,400 water charges (tawan) was also recovered from three districts, including Rs 16,300 from Multan, Rs 35,700 from Lodhran and Rs 34,300 from Pak-Pattan while no recovery was reported from Vehari during the Rabbi season 2014-15.

The irrigation teams continued raids to control water pilferage across the region to provide water to tail-end growers properly, the sources concluded.