Ministers laud PARC for setting up Ispaghol processing unit

HASILPUR: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan and Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada have hailed scientists of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) for developing Ispaghol processing machine, saying it would help improve earnings of the poor people of Thar and Cholistan deserts.
The ministers expressed these views while addressing a ceremony at Hasilpur Grain Market, held for inaugurating Ispaghol processing plant on Monday.
Both the ministers also witnessed the working of the three-stage plant and appreciated its working after PARC scientists informed them that it has the capacity to process 400-kilogram of Ispaghol per hour.
Bosan said that Ispaghol, a medicinal plant, is grown on 3,000 acre area in Cholistan and Thar deserts. However, farmers were not getting proper price of their production. He said that availability of local processing facility would enhance importance of local Ispaghol production that would benefit both farmers and traders, who would be able to market Ispaghol for good profit.
He said that there would a time soon when Pakistan would be exporting Ispaghol.
Sikandar Bosan said that PML-N government fulfilled all its promises it had made with the people, adding that load-shedding had been ended and was being observed only in those areas where power pilferage was high.
He said that an LNG pump station recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at Raheemabad near Sadiqabad would address energy crisis for the next one-and-a-half decades.
Bosan also hailed Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for initiating farm-to-market roads and Saaf Dehat programme to facilitate farmers in marketing their agriculture production and providing them clean environment in villages.
Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that agriculture was the backbone of the national economy and 43 per cent of the country’s labour force was associated with agriculture.
Pirzada said that the government also solved fertilizers crisis and managed it properly while making farmers’ access to it easy and extended subsidy worth billions of rupees. – NNI