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Punjab government to heighten biomass production in Pakistan

The Punjab government has decided to push forward and devise strategies for meeting domestic and agricultural requirements through biomass and solar energy in cities and villages across Pakistan.

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has said private sector biomass and solar energy projects would be encouraged in the next budget and has asked both the energy and planning development departments to present ways of accelerating potential ideas.

Sharif was quoted as saying that biomass projects should ‘be backed by a comprehensive promotional campaign and attractive subsidies offered to farmers so that the rural population could meet its energy requirements’.

‘Regional agriculture universities should also be included in any biomass projects so that our farming community can benefit from the research and support of agri experts,’ he adds.

Sharif has asked for initial feedback from the departments before the end of June.