Tunnel farming gains popularity | Pakistan Today

Tunnel farming gains popularity

DASKA: The tunnel technology for vegetable farming is gaining popularity among the district’s farmers. Provincial Agriculture Department is promoting this new technology for enabling the farmers get off-season crops round the year.
Official sources of agriculture department told Pakistan Today that the provincial government would provide 50 percent subsidy on ‘walk-in tunnels’ and ‘low tunnels’ to the growers in the province. As many as 70 farmers have successfully installed walk-in and low tunnels in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial, sources said. With the help of tunnel farming, vegetables like cucumber, tomato, green chilly, paprika, pumpkin, bitter gourd, watermelon and melon etc can be cultivated off season, sources added. Trainings of growers and farmers are being carried out, enabling them to start tunnel farming in their respective areas.
DACOITS ARRESTED: Daska police arrested two dangerous dacoits with two hand grenades and one illicit Kalashnikov soon after they escaped after snatching a motorcycle and Rs 500 in cash from Buddah Goraya Daska-based youth Yasir Arafat. DSP Muhammad Afzal Bhatti said these accused have been identified as Usman Akmal and Muhammad Irshad residents of village Sarai Wahndo.
SHO SUSPENDED on bribery charges: District Police Officer Sialkot Bilal Sadique Kamiyana suspended Naikapura Sialkot Police Station SHO Abid Rasul on corruption and bribery charges. DPO ordered a stern departmental probe against him, in this regard. Meanwhile, Inspector Umer Farooq has been appointed as SHO of the said police station with immediate effect.
HUMAN TRAFFICKER ARRESTED: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a red book criminal, Sajid Illyas, involved in human trafficking.
FIA has shifted him to an undisclosed place for further investigation. Sajid belongs to Sialkot and he had looted several people through fraud.
FIA expanding its net of investigation has started secret investigation against corrupt officers of Passport and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) departments.
GAS OUTAGE IRKS CONSUMERS, INDUSTRIALISTS: Most of the congested residential, industrial and commercial areas of Sialkot were facing as many as 18 hour-long daily load shedding of gas due to which the consumers have been facing great ordeal. The consumers, most of the women, said the gas supply remains suspended for about 18 hours daily (from 06:00 am to 12:00 am). This situation has badly hampered the industrial activities in export oriented Sialkot city, said industry sources.



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