China may extend $700m for Pakistans 14 new small dams

STAFF REPORT IBD: The government is negotiating with China to borrow $700 million loan at a concessional rate of 2 per cent for construction of 14 small dams to increase hydel power generation for reducing the loadshedding."An agreement has also been signed with the World Bank worth $850 million for extension of Tarbela Dam and the government is making efforts to form a consortium with the help of Asian Development Bank and WB to arrange $10 billion for financing of Diamar Basha Dam,"

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Sustainable approach suits small farmers in Pakistan

By Muhammad AliAGRICULTURE IS the bread and butter for small landholders. They face numerous problems which have not been resolved by approaches pursued so far. It is a dire need to shift to sustainable agriculture approach, changing the priority from farms to farmers development.The suggested approach relies on three fundamental components of extension activities – dialogue with stakeholders, organisational development and knowledge management. In addition, capacity building and awareness

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