Arif Wala Tehsil
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Location of Arif Wala Tehsil in Punjab, Pakistan
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In the nineteenth century, Arifwala was only a village named as Chak No. 61/EB. Later, it was called Arifwala because of a Sufi Saint, "Arif Baba", who stayed in the village. His Mazar can be seen in the graveyard near the Railway Station. In 1908, the Deputy Governor "Hurbert" founded the new city of Arifwala. The most significant castes residing in the area are Rajpoot Mohla, Gujjar, Arain, Raja, Kharal, Rai, Rana, Sukhera, and Doggars. In 1987, Arifwala was raised to the status of sub-division and in 1995 it was attached to district Pakpattan. Qabala is also a famous place near Arifwala. Arain is main caste belonging there. Mostly they are farmers.
Chak 159 EB is around 5 km from Arifwala. A lot of development work was done based on significant efforts made by the former "Namberdar" Syed Abid Hussain Zaidi. He was the person who struggled to bring electricity in the village Chak 159 EB and built the First Electric Tube Well in the entire region in 1958. He has been able to get this Chak 159 EB recognized as "Model Village" in the early 1960s.
Most of the population are farmers; about 75% of the population live in villages and only 25% live in the municipal urban area. But the trend is shifting with the increase of industrialization in the premises of Arifwala and people are moving to the urban area. Arifwala Tehsil covers an area of 295,146 acres (5 km2) with a population of about 720,000. The urban area covers 457 acres (1.82 km2) and the agriculture area covers 1274 acres (3.18 km²). Punjabi is the native spoken language but Urdu is also widely used.
Agriculture is important to the local economy, particularly the growing of cotton, grain, potato, wheat, maize, and rice exported all over Pakistan and around the world. The grain market of Arifwala is one of the biggest grain markets in Pakistan. But the advanced way of agriculture, which is called Tunnel Farming, is on peak. Now it is the big source of economy in this area. Farmers here grow different kinds of vegetables which are also exported all over Pakistan.
Industry of Arifwala city is primarily an Agro-based. The main industries include Beverage & Food processing units, Rice Mills, Cotton Ginning & Pressing, Flour Mills, Fertilizer companies, Vegetable Ghee & Cooking Oil, Poultry Feed, Seed Processing, and leather products.
The climate of Arifwala is extreme, reaching 45 °C in summer, and down to 05 °C in winter. The soil of the suburbs is very fertile.
Tehsil Headquarter Hospital (THQ)
Gas and Petrol Stations