Pakistan’s Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) has urged the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to help rice millers and processors import biomass rice husk gasification power generation systems under a pay-as-you-earn scheme to help overcome the nation’s power crisis.

Power consumption contributes significantly to rice mills’ annual production costs, said Zulfikar Thaver, president of Unisame.

“Many Chinese firms offer rice husk gasification power generation system along with power plant design, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance services,” he said.

SBP should co-ordinate with the Ministry of Finance and arrange for leasing facilities for rice millers to help them install power generation systems, he said.

He also requested SBP’s assistance as financial constraints prevent leasing companies from hiring out plants and machinery.

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