Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that efforts were afoot to convert wild lands of Islamabad into fruit plantations of various kinds which would not only improve the quality of environment but also add to the beauty of the city.
The minister also said that environment of Islamabad was conducive for plantation of different fruit and flower plants and the goal was to turn Islamabad into a horticulture city.
The Federal Minister said this while attending an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing ceremony between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) for turning a wide stretch of PSB land from wild plants to fruit plantation.
Federal Minister Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada also graced the occasion.
Federal Minister for MNFSR Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan also said that PARC, besides providing technical support and guidance to PSB in planting different species of fruit plants, was also collaborating with PSB to clean the polluted water of Nullah passing through latter’s land.
The detoxification of polluted water of Nullah will be done through bio-remediation process. Under this process, special aquatic plants will be planted for extracting toxic materials from waste water.
The treated water will then be utilized for irrigating the plants in the Complex. Mr. Bosan further said that in addition to providing fresh fruits and clean environment, fruit plantation drive will also help in lessening pollen allergy in Islamabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Riaz Hussain Pirzada Federal Minister for IPC expressed desire to turn Pakistan Sports Board Complex into a Green Complex with the assistance of PARC.
The Federal Minister also expressed hope that this joint venture between PARC and PSB would result not only in portraying a scenic and beautiful image of Pakistan but also provide healthy atmosphere to visiting national and international sports athletes on the occasions of sports events respectively.
Later, the two Federal Ministers witnessed the signing of MoU between Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan Director General of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) and Dr. Akhtar Ganjera Director General of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).
Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, Chairman PARC and high officials of ministries of IPC and NFS&R were also present on the occasion.
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