Government urged to cut margin on agricultural loans

MARDAN: Anjuman-i-Kashtkaran has asked the government to reduce the mark-up on agricultural loans and abolish the 28% general sales tax on crop seeds.

A meeting of farmers’ organization members was held here on Sunday to discuss ways to get government help for growers.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Anjuman-i-Kashtkaraan Province Chairman Niamat Shah Roghani said urea compost is urgently needed for wheat harvest these days, but unfortunately, it was only available on the black market at twice the officially notified price.

He called on the government to allow subsidies on seeds, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs like previous leaders to relieve farmers and bring down commodity prices.

Mr. Roghani claimed that farmers have been forced to cut the electrical connections of their agricultural tube wells due to lack of resources.

TRIBUTE TO PEDAGOGICS: The administration of Fazle Haq College, Mardan, held a ceremony the other day to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of its principal founder, the late Abdul Ali Khan.

The speakers on this occasion paid tribute to the pedagogue recognized for his immense services, particularly in the field of education.

Among those who attended the ceremony were Islamia College University, Peshawar, Former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ajmal Khan, Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, Former VC, Prof. Ihsan Ali and Prof. Baseen Yousafzai.

Speakers highlighted different aspects of the life and achievements of the late Abdul Ali Khan and called him a visionary.

They appreciated his lifelong efforts for the promotion of education, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In her welcome address, the college’s principal, Samina Khan, said the aim of the event was to acquaint students with their ancestors and great leaders so that they can follow in their footsteps.

Posted in Dawn, February 21, 2022

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