ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan

on Friday said the government is making all efforts for transferring solar date drying technology

in crop production areas across the country.

Addressing a ceremony, organized by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) to

demonstrate solar dates dryers at Khairpur, he said the advance technology would boost the dates

production in the country.

The minister said technology obtained through solar energy could be utilized to increase crop

production and better results and other horticulture and food crops for making the country self-

sufficient in food production.

The use of solar technology and advanced methods to dry dates could also play a significant role

in increasing date production in the country particularly in Sindh Province.

He said horticulture sector is contributing 11.8 percent share in the countrys economy adding

dates are the third important fruit of Pakistan with production of 600,000 tons annually.

In Pakistan, he said over 50 percent dates are cultivated in Sindh Province and date growers are

facing many problems due to lack of facilities to dry and preserve dates.

The minister said PARC scientists have introduced a new technology through which dates could

be dried by using solar energy to obtain clean and export quality dates.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman PARC, Dr. Nadeem Amjad said the event would create

awareness among date growers about use of solar date dryer technologies introduced by PARC.

He said average fruit production in country was recorded at 6 million tons but 30 to 40 percent

fruits were wasted due to lack of proper facilities for its management which result in loss of

about Rs. 100 billion.

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