NPO criticize textile, steel sectors for wasting energy
The Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Productivity Organisation (NPO), a subsidiary of Ministry of Industries and Production, Dr Sher Muhammad, accused textile and steel sectors of wasting energy. He based this assessment on energy audits which indicated that the two sectors are using excessive electricity; and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) may be working at 40 per cent efficiency.
He gave a detailed presentation on the functions and achievements of NPO since its inception. He stated that NPO organised international workshops in collaboration with Tokyo-based Asian Productivity Organisation (APO) and sent thousands of experts and industry representatives to attend workshops. However, he stated that most of the recommendations of international workshops have not been implemented.
He expressed his commitment that despite limited resources NPO will continue to make productivity and quality improvements in all economic sectors of Pakistan. He said NPO has been developing and strengthening the economic sectors in compliance with international best practices which in turn are making Pakistan more productive and globally competitive. NPO is also representing Pakistan at Asian productivity Organisation, WCPS (World Confederation of Productivity Science) and WNPO (World Network of Productivity Organisations) to avail the multitude benefits related to productivity and quality.
Dr Sher Muhammad said that NPO has also established Women Entrepreneurship Development System (WEDS) in Multan. WEDS in Peshawar is under process and the purpose is to help rural women entrepreneurs in branding, designing, packing and improving colour scheme of their products according to modern trends.
Replying to a question, Aftab Khan, head of energy team, said NPO during energy efficiency audits in textile sector identified up to 15 percent energy saving potential in process flaws in numerous textile units. He added that NPO has audited 150 textile units in last three years and saving could be achieved through change in mindset through trainings with minimal efforts.
Speaking about agricultural reforms the Former CEO of NPO also told the media that for the first time NPO will be introducing certification on organic farming and taking up new initiatives in tunnel farming. NPO through its post harvest peach project would train about 3,300 farmers.
He disclosed that 55,000 hectares of land has been identified for cultivation of tea plants in Pakistan but nothing was being done on this issue despite the fact that Pakistan imported billions of rupees tea. He maintained that Pakistan was ignoring rural economy and our agriculture share was equal to industrial share of other countries. To a question, he said arrangements were being made to open NPO office in Quetta as Balochistan was largest province in terms of area.