Govt to establish shrimp farms, hatcheries: CM

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday said the Punjab government would establish shrimp farms over 1200 acres of land along with setting up fish, shrimp hatcheries, feed mill and two processing plants for the development of this sector.

He chaired a meeting at his office to review steps for the development of the agriculture sector. The participants conferred the development of the scheme of providing agri-equipment to farmers at subsidized rates. A report about the provision of certified seeds of five major crops was also presented before the meeting. The Chief Minister said that an in-principle decision had been made to train technicians for genetic improvement to encourage self-employment. Work on this project should be accelerated to increase the production of milk and wheat, he emphasised. Meanwhile, the subsidy would be given to use 7200 acres of land for fisheries production, he said. Saline water aquaculture research centre would also be established in Muzaffargarh with Rs310 million, added Usman Buzdar. It was noteworthy that seven lakh farmers had been given Kisan cards to purchase DAP fertilizer and certified seeds at subsidised rates whereas the rice centre of excellence would also be inaugurated soon at Kala Shah Kaku, he added. 

Peaceful resolution to Kashmir issue can ensure durable peace in SA

The UN Security Council granted the Kashmiris the right to decide about their future through its resolution passed on January 5, 1949 but the decision has remained unfulfilled due to Indian stubbornness. In his message, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir were awaiting a peaceful resolution to the core issue of Kashmir according to the Security Council’s resolution. Regrettably, the Kashmiris are writing history with their blood to eke out their legal right; he said and vowed that Pakistan would continue to extend full support to Kashmiris’ right of self-determination. Pakistanis salute their Kashmiri brethren who are the continuous victims of the worst Indian atrocities in IOK. The silence of the international community over the worst genocide being committed in IOK is unfortunate, he lamented. The peaceful resolution to the core issue of Kashmir would ensure durable peace in South Asia and it is incumbent upon the international community to play its role so that the oppressed Kashmiris could exercise their right of self-determination, concluded the CM.  


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