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Governor for training Fata farmers to enhance yield

PESHAWAR, Nov 26: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has stressed the need of imparting modern knowledge and techniques to the farming community of Fata enabling them to make best use of their agricultural lands.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of Fata three-day annual fruit and vegetable show held at Agriculture Research Institute, Tarnab Farm on Tuesday, he suggested inclusion in school curriculum of a chapter on the basic agriculture knowledge and modern techniques of farming, according to a handout issued here.

The governor warned that non-utilisation of modern techniques and advanced knowledge in the agriculture sector was bearing negative impact on the agriculture sector.

Mr Shaukatullah expressed dismay over the performance of the agriculture experts and asked them to impart necessary agriculture techniques and advanced knowledge to the farming com-munity and arrange necessary trainings for their capacity building.

He also asked farmers to make best use of the expertise available in their respective agencies in Fata and visit the concerned agriculture office at regular intervals.

He promised to take concrete measures for enhancing per acre yield of agricultural products.

The governor also mentioned importance of educating and training of farming community on processing and preserving fruits and vegetables on scientific lines besides provision of required quality of equipments to them.

MNA from Khyber Agency Malik Nasir Khan Afridi and additional chief secretary, Fata Arbab Mohammad Arif were also present on the occasion.

The governor said the nature had blessed the Fata region with highly fertile land, however, to make it fully useful, there was need to ensure efficient management of agricultural land.

While referring to production of oliveseeds in Fata, Mr Shaukatullah directed provision of oil processing equipments to respective farmers and educating them properly.

Earlier, the governor visited different stalls at the exhibition and exchanged views with respective officials and farmers.

He took keen interest in quality enhancement and preservation of apples, dates and many other products.

Meanwhile, addressing the inaugurating ceremony of newly constructed hostels in Frontier Cadet College, Warsak, Mr Shaukatullah said cadet colleges had played a significant role in promotion of quality education.

The governor announced to provide laptops to each of three top position holders students of the college both in matriculation and Intermediate examinations in future.

He also announced a grant of Rs1 million for welfare activities of the college as well as provision of solar energy geezers and panels for the institution. APP