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Pakistan set to utilize Chinese technology to boost organic peach growing in the country.


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November 26, 2021

According to a research published by China Economic Net, Beijing method may enhance organic peach farming in Pakistan (CEN).

Peaches are known as the “Queen” of fruits in Pakistan, according to the article. It’s a unique fruit with a superb flavour and attractive appearance. Peach season in Pakistan typically begins in May and lasts until the first week of September.

According to the Crop Reporting Service of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province has 6,330 hectares dedicated to the cultivation of the fruit. Swat produced 5,280 tonnes of peaches in 2018-2019, compared to 1,066 tonnes in Peshawar.

According to Nasir Khan, an orchard owner from Swat, peaches are becoming the main source of revenue for Swat farmers. “We can add value to our peaches and sell them to other nations if we have superior farming and processing technology,” he said.
 

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has felicitated Trans Peshawar, the company managing Peshawar Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for winning the "Honourable Mention" slot in the 2022 Sustainable Transport Award (STA).
"Congrats Trans Peshawar for BRT Peshawar/Zu Peshawar winning honourable mention in the 2022 global Sustainable Transport Award for improving mobility of residents, reducing transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions," ADB Pakistan said in a Twitter post recently.

Earlier, the bank announced the names of the winners and the honourable mentions on its website. Alongside the BRT project, the other city securing the slot included Estonia's Tartu, while Colombi'a Bogota was the winner of the award for the year.
 

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NA Standing Committee on PD, SI visits Mohmand Dam to review progress on project

Project’s 1st unit to be commissioned in December 2025,

The delegation was briefed that Mohmand Dam is the 5th highest concrete-face-rock-fill Dam (CFRD) in the world. Construction work on as many as 13 sites is simultaneously underway on the project. These sites include diversion tunnels, power intake and power waterway, spillway, re-regulation pond, left bank irrigation tunnel, switchyard, power house, main dam abutment, access roads and project colony etc. This is a good omen for the project at a time when the whole world is adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was further briefed.

The delegation was informed that the first unit of the project will be commissioned in December 2025. On completion, the dam will store about 1.2-million-acre feet (MAF) of water and help mitigate floods in Peshawar, Charsadda and Naushera. Besides supplementing 160,000 acres of existing land, about 18,237 acres of new land will also be irrigated. Mohmand Dam Power House will generate 800 megawatt (MW) hydel electricity, contributing 2.86 billion units of low-cost and environment friendly hydel electricity annually to the National Grid.

In addition, 300 million gallons water per day will also be provided to Peshawar for drinking purpose. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 51.6 billion. It was further briefed that a hefty amount of Rs. 4.5 billion will be spent on Confidence Building Measures (CBM) in the project area for socio-economic development of the locals.
 

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ADB approves $385mn financing for KPK's urban development project

  • Financing will help to construct two clean water supply treatment facilities, three sewerage treatment facilities, and will rehabilitate dysfunctional tube wells

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10 Dec 2021


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday approved $385 million in financing to help improve the livability and community health of five cities in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

In a statement, ADB said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project will help to construct two clean water supply treatment facilities, three sewerage treatment facilities, and will rehabilitate dysfunctional tube wells among several other important subprojects in the cities of Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan, Mingora, and Peshawar.

"ADB will provide a $380 million loan and a $5 million grant, while the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will provide financing of $200 million, subject to approval of their board of directors," the statement added.


Together with $65 million in financing from the Government of Pakistan, this represents ADB’s largest urban project ($650 million equivalent) in Pakistan.
ADB’s loan also includes more than $106 million for climate adaptation and mitigation, the bank’s largest climate financing contribution in any urban project in 2021.

“More than 3.5 million people will benefit from improved access to clean and safe water, reliable and integrated waste management and sanitation services, green urban spaces, and gender-friendly urban facilities. About 150,000 households will gain new connections to water supply systems and have smart water meters installed in their homes,” ADB said.

The project will help address the challenges of climate change and deteriorating municipal services of urban centers in KPK.

“Large urban projects are often delayed due to their inherent complexity and competing interests in limited urban space,” ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Yevgeniy Zhukov said.
 

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has launched a special squad called “Ababeel squad” to curb street crimes and maintain peace in the city.

Initially, the squad consists of 200 motorcycles and 800 trained police personnel who will patrol the city streets round the clock. Dressed in special uniform, the Ababeel Squad will be equipped with wireless communication, body cameras, drone cameras and other state-of-the-art equipment.

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Analysis of vitamin A in edible oil: KP food authority gets devices

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PESHAWAR: Nutrition International Wednesday provided devices to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety and Halal Food Authority (FS&HFA) for analysis of Vitamin A in edible oil. Provincial Program Manager, Nutrition International Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah handed over the devices to Director General KP Food Safety Authority Shahrukh Ali Khan, said a press release.

He said that the devices are the most advanced technology and portable to ensure compliance in the market. These equipments will strengthen the arms of KP Food safety and Halal Food Authority to ensure best quality of edible Oil to common people.

Director General (DG) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety and Halal Food Shahrukh Ali Khan appreciated Nutrition International and Bill Melinda Gate Fund for providing technical support to the Authority in the form of provision of devices.

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Baran Dam is a multipurpose project aims at water storage, flood mitigation and power generation.

The Project aims to regain / increase more than the original capacity of the existing dam up to 100,000 acre-ft with the raising the height of dam by 7m and diverting Tochi River flows through Tochi-Baran Feeder Canal which is designed for 1000 Cusecs.
 

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will start construction work on mega bus terminal, in Peshawar, and it will cost Rs.3.679 billion.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Faisal Amin Khan said that construction work on mega bus terminal with a cost of Rs3.679 billion was started in Peshawar to provide best services to travelers.

He said that new General Bus Stand on 300 kanals would be constructed outside the city at Sardar Ghari on G T Road. He said that construction of international standard bus terminal was the most important mega project under Peshawar revival and beautification project.

The project is likely to be completed by the end of 2023. The KP minister said that development of provincial capital was the top most priority of his government, adding that all mega projects initiated for this purpose should be completed within stipulated timelines


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