Balochistan’s agricultural tube wells to be converted to solar energy

Government of PakistanBalochistan’s agricultural tube wells to be converted to solar energy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: A high-level meeting chaired by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal was held in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss issues of agriculture and electricity sector impeding the well-being of people in Balochistan.

It was attended by the Federal Minister for Energy Sardar Owais Leghari, the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh and the Secretary Power along with top federal and provincial officials.

   

The Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal affirmed to expedite the conversion process of agricultural tube wells to solar energy in Balochistan.

“Well-being of the people of Balochistan is our first priority. All resources are being utilized to ensure timely completion of federal development projects in Balochistan,” stated the planning minister.

The Balochistan Chief Minister Safraz Bugti discussed the severe difficulties faced by farmers as a result of electricity shortage in the province.

“Improving power transmission and supply is imperative for the agriculture sector,” Sarfaraz Bugti stated.

Highlighting the need to adopt alternative energy sources to ensure electricity supply, he suggested that solar energy harvesting and solar tube wells can improve agriculture sector.

The Chief Minister further assured that the provincial government is aware of its responsibility to remove hurdles facing farmers in the province.

“Stopping electricity theft is the responsibility of all of us. Our government will ensure measures to stop electricity theft,” the chief minister stated.

Ahsan Iqbal advised the Power Division and the Balochistan government to prepare a road map and strategy for the transfer of underground tube wells to solar energy and implement it soon.

Moreover, he instructed the key officials during the meeting to start an awareness campaign to educate the public on electricity theft. He said that electricity theft and non-payment of bills lead to disruptions in power generation and transmission.

Instructing relevant departments to take strict measures against people involved in electricity theft, the minister said, “Electricity theft and non-payment of bills are major causes of load shedding; legal action should be taken against electricity thieves.”

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