MARDAN, 13 April: A state-of-the-art laboratory has been inaugurated at the Pakistan Tobacco Board, Research Center in Khan Garhi area of Mardan.

Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir performed the inauguration of the newly established lab. District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar, member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Jamshed Mohmand and large number of local farmers were also present on the occasion.

The newly established laboratory has been completed at a cost of Rs3 million and new and latest machines have been set up which will help the local researchers and farmers.

Officials at the research center hoped that the establishment of lab would help in producing a better and extra tobacco crop.

Liaqat Ali, a local farmer told TNN that they would be able to test the quality of their crops and export best quality of tobacco.