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QUETTA: Farmers and traders in Balochistan have faced load-shedding for long, but the government was making efforts to procure 1,500 megawatts of electricity for the province which is presently getting only 600MW, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai said on Tuesday.

A delegation of Kalat district, headed by Mir Zia Langove, had called on him at the Governor House.

He suggested that farmers should also avail solar energy to cater their need.

Governor Achakzai observed that farmers and traders of Balochistan faced a difficult time for years due to multiple reasons but things are bound to change now as agriculture, trade and export activities are gaining momentum in the region.

Balochistan is being connected with international trade — particularly to Central Asia — which would directly benefit local peasants and business community of the province, he stressed.

The delegation thanked the Balochistan governor for providing funds for development schemes in the areas of Khaliqabad, Kalat and Killi Ismail, Quetta.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2016