Country’s plastic industry expanding by 15pc annually: Shibli Faraz

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Senator Shibli Faraz said on Saturday that plastic industry in Pakistan was expanding at annual growth of 15 percent during last few years.

Addressing the ceremony after inaugurating the Project of Upgradation of Polymer and Plastic Laboratory here at PCSIR, he added that the project directly related to the objectives of sector especially in terms of Pakistan Vision 2025 chalked out by Planning Commission of Pakistan which included the upgradation of infrastructure, as well as R&D facilities in Polymer and Plastics Technology.

Moreover, this would put Polymer and Plastics Laboratory in a comparatively better position to assist the private sector in terms of various scientific services that it required to sustain and augment its productivity in field of Polymer Science, he added.

The Federal Minister said the project would enhance available facilities

at Polymers and Plastics Laboratory, PCSIR Lahore. It would also provide

advisory and information services for the sake of improvement in quality

of polymer-based products and would also lead to provision of testing

and evaluation facilities for Polymer and Plastics Industry in Pakistan.

Senator Shibli Faraz congratulated the administration and Chairman PCSIR

and encouraged them to continue striving for excellence.

The Federal Minister for Science and Technology also inaugurated

Technology Transfer and Capacity Building Centre and Technology

Innovation Support Centre. The centre aimed to enhance the impact of

research through engagement with industry and non-industry partners.

In addition to this, the Federal Minister visited Precision Green-House

for Ginger Cultivation. Pakistan itself is not a ginger cultivating

country and hence resulting in imports of nearly 79 thousand tons ginger

in 2017.

“Ministry of Science and Technology has taken a step towards ginger

cultivation by building Precision Hydroponic Green house. This will

enable self-reliance production of ginger in Pakistan and help in

technology transfer to the farmers and local growers,” said Senator

Shibli Faraz