(14 May, 2018)
President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Monday said there lays several investment opportunities in the Rice value addition sector of Dadu. If government provide the facilities for quality polishing, standardized packaging and processing of all agricultural products including rice, it may earn huge foreign exchequer through international trade with Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Europe, etc.
The veteran business leader while talking to the business community of Dadu said that the district possesses huge reservoir of natural resources including precious stones, gas and petrol while the agricultural products of the area include cotton, pulses, sugarcane, rice and many more. Dadu is rich in livestock which produces several dairy products, hides, skins and their by-products. Establishment of agriculture value addition centre will save the wastage of agricultural products and will be reached to expensive international markets.
Mian Zahid Hussain said Dadu Dam project has been delayed since many years which need to be established urgently, to fight the energy problem on sustainable basis. Under CPEC the railway line passing through the city will be upgraded and the eastern route will connect the city with Gwader, Mansehra and Tha-Kot enabling easy access of the city’s products to national and international markets.
The former minister said that Gorakh hill station is no doubt the Murree of the province, but due to negligence in the development of the area its true potential could not explored and the most beautiful tourist point of the province could not attained due attraction of the tourists; government must take immediate measures to develop the area. Several training programs have been developed by SMEDA to produce technically sound workforce for the area will add more value to the trade, business and industry of the city, he added.
He said that the universities in the city should launch joint ventures for research and development of the trade and industry with the business community and the public representatives should play their part in the city’s economic development in accordance to the recommendations of the Dadu chamber of commerce and industry.