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Assistance for chili sector from American people!

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UMERKOT: USAID Provincial Director for Sindh /Balochistan John Smith-Sreen and Deputy Director, Michael Hryshchyshyn, visited the Arid Zone Research Institute (AZRI) here today. 
Their objective was to support USAID’s agricultural investments, explore more efficient water management technologies and provide additional livelihood options to rural families in Sindh. 
USAID, through its Pak-US Partnership for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) program, is working with chili farmers across other cropping systems to identify and address inefficiencies through the provision of grants and technical assistance to improve competitiveness. 
The visit provided the USAID team the opportunity to interact with the chili growers, and processors, as well as witness the USAID, sponsored technical trainings being conducted in the field to promote good agricultural practices. Similar trainings are also being conducted in other chili growing areas in Sindh including Kunri and Naukot. The day-long visit included a discussion with progressive chili farmers on issues and concerns pertaining to the sector. 
Speaking at the training session, Smith-Sreen said, “We are proud of the role the United States Government has played to support the development of Pakistan’s agricultural sector. We are confident that with continued technical assistance and engagement with Pakistani trade envoys, we will help expand market access for Pakistani chili exports.” 
The Chairman, Chili Growers Association, Mian Muhammad Saleem, thanked the USAID delegation for their support to the chili sector and its role in helping the chili farmers confront the various challenges faced in the sector.
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PS: USAID launched the U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agricultural Market Development to improve the ability of Pakistan’s commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete in international and national markets in the four target product lines; meat, high value and off-season vegetables, mangoes, and citrus.  This partnership acts as a catalyst for development and investment in the target product lines, helps improve the quality and increase the quantity of exportable agricultural produce, and promotes cooperation among farmers, processors, exporters, and buyers of Pakistani agricultural products in international markets resulting in increased incomes and generating employment opportunities for Pakistanis.
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Fin. Minister briefs PM about talks with IMF

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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Asad Umar, who is accompanying the Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Malaysia, on Tuesday briefed the prime minister about the visit, meetings, and progress till now with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation in Pakistan.
The finance minister informed the prime minister that efforts were being made to settle bilateral affairs with the IMF in such a way which would have positive results on the economy and which could not put a burden on the people, a press release issued by the PM Media wing here said.
He said that progress on meetings held so far with the Fund was encouraging, however, the final decision regarding the bailout package would be made keeping in view people’s interests and vision of the government.
Asad Umar told the prime minister that the IMF programme had no immediate pressure on Pakistan’s economy, adding that understanding Pakistan’s priorities by the IMF delegation was an encouraging step.

 

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Dams: CJP pinning hopes on Overseas Pakistanis

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Chief Justice Of Pakistan On Dams Fund

ISLAMABAD: CJP on Tuesday said that Overseas Pakistanis should play a role in the construction of dams in Pakistan.
Expatriates should come forward for resolution of problems of Pakistan besides provision of funds for construction of water reservoirs, he stated while talking to a private news channel.
Construction of dams was imperative for addressing future demands of water in the country, he said. CJP Saqib Nisar said that Mohmand Dam could have been started earlier than the other dams.
Commenting on the justice system, he said that we have a single system in Pakistan for the dispensation of justice.
“While dealing with the cases, we don’t have two systems of justice here, ” he added. He said that Overseas Pakistanis had great attachment and love for their country.
Pinning the hopes of Pakistanis living abroad, he said that they could play a vital role in steering the country out of the present challenges. We are fully capable to resolve the national issues, he stated.
To another question, he said, “We don’t have a selected system of justice in Pakistan.” Giving a message to the people, he said that everyone should have love and respect for Pakistan.

 

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1m Pakistanis benefitted from US grants: CG

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PESHAWAR: More than one million Pakistanis in remote and underserved areas have already benefitted from over 200 US government grants designed to improve the economic and social conditions in those communities.
Representatives from Pakistani organizations working in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province gathered in Peshawar to hear about new funding opportunities through a video message by the US Consul General in Peshawar Jonathan Shrier.
In the video message, US Consul General in Peshawar Jonathan Shrier said “This program helps the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa address local problems by implementing community-based solutions that will have both immediate and long-lasting impact. ”These grants were given through the Ambassador’s Fund Grant Program, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiative.
The Ambassador’s Fund focuses on high-impact, quickly-implemented community programs. The grants specifically seek to promote culture & arts, improve disaster preparedness, develop small-scale energy solutions, encourage social entrepreneurship, and empower vulnerable populations.
Private sector organizations, non-governmental organizations, and non-government academic research and training institutions – including those led by women are encouraged to apply, he added.

 

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