South Asia

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

PLASTIC CRATES MADE MUST: Sri Lanka has made it compulsory for traders to transport vegetables and fruits in plastic crates from February 1.

Nearly 230,000 tonnes get wasted while being transported in gunny bags and other ad hoc packaging from farms to markets, an agriculture ministry report said. This contributes to price hike. Vegetable traders argue that the plastic crates will decrease the quantity of vegetables transported, as the crates will occupy a lot of space.

WIND POWER FOR PAKISTAN: The Asian Development Bank has given a loan of US $36.8 million to a Turkish firm to install more wind turbines to the first privately owned wind farm in Pakistan. Zorlu Enerji Electrik Uretim will use the loan to install wind turbines to increase the output of the wind farm, located in southern Sindh province. This will increase the wind farm’s current output of six megawatts (MW) to a total 56.4 MW.

Pakistan is expanding its energy sources like wind, given that the country’s southern part has the potential to generate 50,000 MW.

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