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How to control floods
Floods are now become common in Pakistan. Since 2010, every year we read about floods in one river or another. Floods are mainly due to heavy rainfalls, for they causes the rivers to overflow, inundate the surrounding areas and cause great damage.

October 2014

Poor grain storage infrastructure
About a dozen companies have shown interest in constructing modern bulk wheat silos in Sindh on a public-private partnership basis. The bids are expected to be finalised and evaluated, and the contracts awarded by the year-end, sources in Sindh’s food department say.

October 2014

Poor agri yields
Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Shah Faisal Afridi emphasised the need to increase agricultural yield through "eco-farming" with the objective of averting a food crisis. He urged the farmers to adopt the Chinese cultivation model which focuses on hybrid seeds.

September 2014

The climate challenge
The climate change phenomenon, which the world has been witnessing lately, is exhibiting unforeseen and asymmetrical patterns. On the one hand, plains in Punjab are seriously impacted under a severe patch of flooding, while the muzzle of the Thar Desert is bringing about a drought-like situation
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September 2014

Incentives and subsidies: An overview
Most of countries provide various forms of incentives and subsidies to their industry to make them competitive in the global market. A subsidy is a form of financial or non financial support extended to an economic sector or institution, or business or individual generally with the aim of promoting economic and social policy.

September 2014

Punjab (and Kashmir) under water
Once again Pakistan has fallen victim to the elements, and dozens have died in rain-related incidents over the last couple of days. Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir have in parts been lashed by rain continuously for almost two days and the meteorological department has cautioned that more is to follow.

September 2014

Impasse mutes performance
Following the prevailing political uncertainty in the country, the Karachi Share market remained volatile during the last week end on August 29, 2014.Overall the benchmark KSE-100 index posted a decline of 304 points (weak on weak) to close at 28,568 points end of the last week.
September 2014

Internal security biggest threat to democracy and economy
Years of destruction, caused by non-state actors, has pushed Pakistan far off the world’s business map. Due to its security concerns, the country remains relatively isolated as the rest move on from Pakistani products. While this should have jolted every Pakistani into action, not much happened.

August 2014

Gender in agricultural labour
Enforcement of minimum wage will be a real problem because the inspectors in the directorate of labour will either be reluctant to visit farms and fields or big landlords and zamindars will be reluctant to cooperate with them.Though agriculture is the single-largest contributor to the gross national product.

August 2014

14 August and nation-building
Congratulations on Pakistan Independence Day – celebrating the young state and an old culture! It is a day when all Pakistanis should feel proud and confident about the land and the people, the unity and diversity of the past and the present, looking forward to a bright future.

August 2014

Agricultural investment most vital for economic growth
Agricultural investment is one of the most important and effective strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction in rural areas of the world where the majority of the poor live. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United States, gross domestic product (GDP) growth in agriculture

August 2014

Implementing ICT solutions for Pakistan's farmers
A huge number of people throughout South Asia are involved in agriculture, however many are not benefiting from it in the ways that they could. In India for example, around 35% of its agricultural produce is wasted due to supply chain issues. And, whilst nearly half of Pakistan’s population is employed in agriculture

June 2014

Outsourcing agricultural extension services
BECAUSE of the poor performance of the farm services and their lack of ability to combat emerging challenges in agriculture, privatisation of extension services is often proposed to improve their efficiency and effectiveness. But empirical evidence doesn’t support this view.

June 2014

Get Agrarian
Land reforms and the imposition of tax on income derived from agriculture, which is presently exempt in the majority of countries like Pakistan, are two issues that attract a lot of attention in the print media, particularly at the time of budget formulation.

May 2014

Dams vital for food security
Fifty percent population of Pakistan is malnourished and more than fifty eight per cent is food insecure, said Vice Chancellor Islamia University of Bahawalpur Muhammad Mukhtar while addressing the International conference on Biochemical and Chemical sciences.
May 2014

Whose Waters Are They?
Water provision has become a major area of intervention by the State in developing countries over recent years. The state, worldwide is considering or tackling reforms in their organisational, operational policy making and other implementation measures over the governance and management of water resources.

May 2014

Agriculture is our golden goose; don’t kill her, my dear Industrialists
The projection of economic growth as something evil, that benefits only the rich, is wrong. Even so, equally erroneous is taking the GDP number for a sacrosanct symbol of sure-fire prosperity for all.Praise is due to the government’s economic team for various improvements in the macro-economy:

May 2014

Mayhem by monoculture
Crop failures are an inevitable part of agricultural life.Though blame is often attributed to drought, excess rains, and other weather discrepancies, the chosen method of farming itself is never called into question.Instead, massive pest infestation is blamed, along with other plant diseases.

May 2014

Climate Change in coastal areas of Pakistan
These days climate change is a global issue impacting the lives of millions of people forcing them to migrate to other areas indicating that the phenomenon is real & is bound to affect the rest of those unaffected by it today. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2014.
April 2014

Patents to kill competition
In 1971, Mohan Chakravarty,an Indian-American,and his employer, General Electric, applied for the patenting of a genetically-engineered “oil-eating” bacterium. He took genes from three kinds of bacteria and transplanted them into a fourth to do whatever he wanted it to do.
April 2014

Palm oil ends higher
Malaysian palm oil futures ended higher on Monday after two days of losses, as investors pinned hopes for an increase in demand ahead of a major Muslim festival despite a surprise drop in exports in the first 20 days of the month. A weaker Malaysian ringgit, which fell 0.25 percent to 3.2485 against...
April 2014

Climate change impacts
According to media reports, the impacts of climate change and global warming are likely to be severe, pervasive and irreversible. This has been warned in a report of the U.N prepared by scientists and officials meeting in Japan. Mankind and its activities are adversely affecting the planet.
April 2014

Villagers in Pakistan face threat from rising seawater
The intrusion of the Arabian Sea into the mouth of the Indus River on Pakistan's southern coast is eroding land, forcing whole villages to relocate inland, and threatening fishing livelihoods, residents and environmental experts say.

April 2014

Fighting hunger — a clarion call
When the government fails to meet the basic needs of the people, the havens of terror often appear. Hunger, poverty and deprivation are widely debated to be the primary causes of conflict and viol- ence in a society. Without ensuring an individual’s security one can not guarantee national security.
April 2014

Economy not out of woods yet
Following recent review of the Pakistan’s economy by the Inter- national Monetary Fund and the subsequent release of $505 million under the Standby Arrangement, the federal government boosted about economic performance since it came to power in mid last year.
April 2014

Agriculture and the budget
Agriculturists don’t feel comfortable with the new budget. While it is understandable that agriculture sector is a devolved subject but point out that when government has come up with allocations for health and education sectors. Which, too are devolved ministries, agriculture should have been given considerable allocations in some sectors.

April 2014

Agriculture subsidies: Pakistan versus India
Pakistan is currently contemplating to grant non-discriminatory nation status (equivalent to MFN status) to India in its bilateral trade. It is hoped that reciprocal gestures by India will lead to the shortening of its SAFTA Sensitive List and give access to Pakistani agricultural and textile products...
March 2014

Prestige and poverty
While there is no harm in having the mindset of a 16th century Moghul emperor in a personal capacity even in today’s world, the spending priorities of a democratically-elected government in a developing country ought to be conditioned by the availability of budgetary resources urgent needs of the people...
March 2014

Sleepwalking in Sindh
When the Indus breached its embankment at Tori in 2010, with water flow at 11,60,000 cusecs under the Guddu barrage, the resulting floods devastated lives and livelihood of millions of people living in six districts on its right bank. This in 2012, even though in 1975 – with much less resources
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March 2014

Our Only Way Out
Being an Agriculture country it’s our foremost duty to improve our agriculture sector to support the economy of Pakistan. Without improving our agricultural sector it’s impossible to get progress in our economy because it’s a source of food, clothes and other raw products which are our basic needs for survival of life.
March 2014

Skewed agricultural loans
In a six-step action plan, the State Bank of Pakistan last week listed measures that it has decided to take for improving agricultural credit.These steps include: creation of Financial Innovation Challenge Fund in Rural and Agriculture Finance, Internship Programme for 100 top agri-graduates.

March 2014

Ramshackle policies and compromises
Why is Pakistan under siege? If this siege is to be done away with what is likely to be the outcome for the population. Has the political system any role in mystifying economic systems? Should the neo liberalism rule the waves of this country? What vanguard and what rearguard policies.
March 2014

Food security and fertiliser policy
The most recent surveys, however, indicate that Pakistan will face half a million metric tonnes urea fertiliser shortfall during kharif (monsoon cultivation) season 2014 due to the curtailment of natural gas supplies to fertiliser plants.Food security is a condition related to the ongoing availability of food.

March 2014

Problematic surplus sugar
Sugar is one of the essential items whose export needs to be regulated to keep the prices of the commodity stable for the domestic consumers.It is in this context that the sugar mill owners ’demand for more exports was rejected by the Economic Coordi- nation Committee of the cabinet last month.

March 2014

Need to improve Agri Yields
Pakistan's yield per acre of gram has dropped by 50 percent: from 5 maunds per acre to 2.5 maunds per acre, according to Ibrahim Mughal Chairman of the Agri-Forum Pakistan. This statistic would surprise no one in the wake of a 2011 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

March 2014

Seedling Production
A seedling is young plant saprophytes developing out of plant embryo from a seed up to one metre of height and the term seedling production is the production of seedlings for a certain purpose, especially plantation. The scope of seedling production has been brought by various issues on environmental protection

March 2014

Environmental degradation in Pakistan
Due to the limited resources at its disposal, government efforts alone are not sufficient enough to address challenges resulting from climate change. A much larger participation and support from other stakeholders is needed to effectively respond to climate issues.

March 2014

The water-energy-food nexus of Pakistan
The federal government has put energy security at the top of its development agenda in its Vision 2025. While energy certainly needs prioritised attention, it should be integrated with water and food security of the country. Over the last few decades, modern technologies in water...

February 2014

Agricultural crisis in Pakistan
The agriculture sector continues to be of little interest to policymakers. In official circles, there seems to be little effort to understand the complexities and challenges facing it. The performance of agriculture has repercussions at multiple levels for the national economy.

February 2014

Low cotton yield a snag in textile exports
The textile industry is in a celebratory mood, thanks to the GSP Plus facility provided by the European Union. The industry is convinced it can earn $1 billion through additional exports to the EU.

February 2014

Rising threat to crops from climate
Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold.

February 2014

Pakistan to achieve targets of food security, economic prosperity
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday that we should operate our agriculture and livestock sectors at their optimal levels by introducing on-farm best management practices and value-addition techniques.

January 2014

The battle for Pakistan’s agriculture
The first battle never really took off even after 66 years - restoring unduly appropriated land to the tiller - and a second more destruc- tive and far-reaching battle is already upon us. Monoculture killed three-fourths of global biodiversity and soils: GM can only hasten extinction.

December 2013

Pakistan’s potential as a key South Asian nation
IN the South Asian context, Pakistan is the second largest country. It is a pity therefore that while other nations in the region are achieving goals of progress and development, Pakistan is fast becoming a country that can be likened to a patient afflicted by multiple diseases.

December 2013

Militancy devastates Pakistani agriculture
Life for Sanaullah Shah was never as hard as it has been for the past few years.I have 100 acres of fertile land that can grow all sorts of crops, but the wave of militancy has turned our field to barren land," the 52-year-old South Waziristan resident told Central Asia Online.

December 2013

Initiating Inclusive Growth
In my academic papers, I have been arguing that we need inclusive growth if we are to break out of the historical pattern of stop-go growth with inequality. The specific sense in which the term inclusive growth has been used in my work is a growth process.

November 2013

The Global Agri-Feudals
There’s nothing new about the US goal of maintaining control over the world’s food and agriculture, or at least that of “developing countries”. It’s been an open secret since Kissinger’s time who advised that to control a country you had to control its food supply.

November 2013

Water, food, energy, economy and us
The number of challenges we face as a state, nation and country today are one of the most extreme in our history. Law and order, security, economy and energy are the buzzwords of today. Yet, as the saying goes prevention is always better than a cure, we are grossly ill-prepared for the challenges.

November 2013

Pakistan's mountain farmers 'helpless' in face of erratic weather
Danyore, Pakistan - One night was all it took for Bibi Baskiya’s fortunes to be reversed. In June the young farmer had sown maize on half an acre of land in Danyore, a scenic mountain village in northern Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan province. On Sept. 12 it was sunny and the skies were so clear.

November 2013

Soil management
Besides storing more carbon and making more efficient use of nitrogen, good soil management will provide economic benefits through increased productivity, more efficient use of nutrients, and improved air and water quality. Agricultural soils act as efficient repositories for carbon.

October 2013

Economy braving heavy odds
Despite all odds, the most notable on the exchange rate and the energy fronts, the economy, on balance is making some progress. Major food crops look set to do well, cotton output so far is also down only seven per cent, large-scale manufacturing  is gathering more steam.

October 2013

Impacts of law and order situation on economy
Economy always follows politics and politics remains the by product of law and order situation prevails in a country. If law and order situation runs smoothly, the politics play smoothly and there- fore the stable economy of the country-universal truth. The law and order situation arises when there is insecurity.

October 2013

Agricultural practices in developing countries
Traditional farming is characterised by small scale or ‘subsistence farms’ operated by families who consume most of the output from the farm. The word “traditional” means “to do things the way they have usually been done”. Hence, traditional farming is mostly prevalent in developing countries with weak.

September 2013

The unbridled invitations to floods in Pakistan
Governmental departments, officials and feudal lords maximized the flood disaster through the policy of allowing the deforestation in the northern mountains and then, during the flood, diverting the floodwaters in order to save their lands in the south. Many people ask a simple question.

September 2013

Agricultural sector lacks policy direction
FOR farmers, the first federal budget of the PML-N government came as a ‘disappointment’. It neither prioritises the agricultural sector, nor sets any direction for it, in areas of common concern to all the four provinces where national policies are needed.

July  2013

Pakistan wilts under record heat wave
Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Zulekhan Mumtaz has seen her livelihood as a seller of camel milk turn sour because of a brutal heat wave that left Pakistan sweltering for three weeks in May with temperatures up to 51 degrees Celsius.

June  2013

Challenges Faced By Pakistan's Agriculture Sector
The economy of Pakistan depends heavily on agriculture. Impor- tance of this sector is manifold as it feeds people, provides raw material for industry and is the base of our foreign trade. Foreign exchange earned from merchandise exports is 45% of total exports of Pakistan

June  2013

Jojoba plantation can bring prosperity in most poor areas of Pakistan
Pakistan has wast land mass of arid zones and deserts ,We can use this area for JOJOBA ( Ponounced -ho-HO-ba) plantation .As India start jojoba plantation few years ago now they are able to export its oil and other products. To understand its worth.

June  2013

Wheat: some semblance of clarity obtaining in market
As the provincial food departments enter the last leg of their procurement drives, things are finally gaining some semblance of clarity in the market. In a telephonic conversation earlier this week sources within Punjab Food Department brought BR Research up to date with the government's wheat buying activities, which have been right on track as planned.

May  2013

Energy Resources: Biogas
Biogas is naturally produced when any organic matter decomposes under anaerobic conditions (in the absence of oxygen). The gas consists mainly of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in approximately 3:2 ratio. Methane is the important component, as it is a highly flammable gas that can be utilized as fuel for cooking, lighting.

May  2013

Food security issues and the challenges
Food security is in fact much more than just food production, distribution and consumption. Food is the top most priority of everybody since our inception. It gives us energy to grow and live stronger. Apart from dietary needs, food has a cultural.

April  2013

So Called Agriculture Country In Food Crisis. WHY?
Pakistan has rich and vast natural resource base, covering various ecological and climatic zones. About 27 percent of Pakistan’s total land area is under cultivation. Agriculture accounts 21 percent of GDP and employs 41 percent of labor force.

April  2013

Climate Change: One More Problem for Pakistan
The Indus river, originating on the Tibetan Plateau and flowing for nearly 2,000 miles through the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir and finally down to the province of Sindh and out into the Arabian Sea, is key to life in Pakistan.

April  2013

World Water Day
The World Water Day: Water is the most important ingredient for food and agriculture, and most basic to human life: one can survive for eight to ten days without food, but without water for not more than two days.

March  2013

Worsening water shortage
The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, declared March 22 as the World Water Day.The day is celebrated to mark the implementation of the UN recommendations ( Earth Summit Agenda 21)

March  2013

Agriculture: Suicide or Survival
With a population of over 190 million and growing, Pakistan is under increasing pressure on many fronts with food production, the provision of water, power and the raw materials necessary to keep the indigenous manufacturing industry up and running.

March  2013

MFN status to India: Farmers alone in their fight against Indian imports
The Ministry of Finance has expressed its inability to subsidise the local agricultural sector to make it competitive with the list of agricultural items that could be imported from India, which farmers’ lobby say may destroy the Pakistani agricultural industry after implementation of the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status.

November  2012

Policy risks to agriculture
If farmers’ fears are to go by, the new year might not be any different for agriculture from the last one. They think that this year too, the terms of trade would be unfavourable for them, international recession would keep commodity prices down and an ever-expanding domestic tax regime would keep the cost of production high.

November  2012

Grappling with devolved responsibility
The devolved functions of the federal agriculture ministry have increased the responsibilities of the provinces and they are trying to come to grips with their cash and capacity constraints.

October  2012

Threat to basmati rice export
The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan announced crossing $2 billion mark in foreign sales. Its officials listed the seasonal problems that confronted the association and the efforts it made to defeat them to reach the benchmark.

July  2012

Threat to basmati rice export
The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan announced crossing $2 billion mark in foreign sales. Its officials listed the seasonal problems that confronted the association and the efforts it made to defeat them to reach the benchmark.

July  2012

Inflated agriculture budget
THE Punjab’s agriculture budget has turned out to be the way, it should not have been — a pack of contradictions, which are too glaring to be missed by even a naive farmer.
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June  2012

Agriculture sector lacks efficiency, competitiveness
Despite immense potential, the agricultural sector of Pakistan lacks efficiency and global competitiveness, former CEO of Engro Corporation and current member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Asad Umar said on Wednesday. The loss of efficiency is denting the country’s self sufficiency in production of various farm goods, he asserted
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May  2012

US to help develop agricultural sector
India will not allow additional cotton exports for the current year ending in September as of now, Trade Minister Anand Sharma said on Monday.

May  2012

Rains delay wheat harvest
Heavy rains throughout April in Punjab have prevented farmers from harvesting wheat and have damaged the standing crop in some parts, sparking fears of heavy losses.

May  2012

India won’t allow extra cotton exports for now: trade minister
Heavy rains throughout April in Punjab have prevented farmers from harvesting wheat and have damaged the standing crop in some parts, sparking fears of heavy losses.

April  2012

Livestock smuggling makes meat dearer
The National Price Monitoring Committee has taken serious note of increase in beef and mutton prices and called for measures to control smuggling of livestock to neighbouring countries.

March  2012

Second quarter report: Agriculture sector props up economy: SBP
The economy has shown modest improvements in first six months (July-December) of fiscal year 2011-12 because of better performance of the agricultural sector while the services sector, including retail activities and banks, has also recorded growth, says the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its second-quarter report on the state of economy.

March  2012

Booming sales Tractor industry flourishing
Tractor industry recorded booming production and sales in February 2012 while heavy vehicle segment continued to face laggard sales. Pick-ups, two- and three-wheeler sales also posted positive growth.

March  2012

Agri, wealth taxes can fulfil budget needs
The revenue collection through wealth tax had reached over Rs40 billion 10 years ago when it was suspended by Musharraf regime to protect elite class. If this tax is reimposed, the FBR can collect over Rs 1.5 trillion, said Federal Revenue Alliance Employees Union central president Mian Abdul Qayyum.

March  2012

Sugar price may further increase
Price of sugar is likely to show further increase on account of fear of lower production in the country as compared with earlier estimates and putting Indian sugar on the negative list with the approval of the federal cabinet.

March  2012

GST collection surges 38pc
The surge in imports helped tax officials in collecting 38 per cent more general sales tax from 10 major revenue spinners in the first seven months of this fiscal year over the corresponding period last year.

March  2012

Lacklustre conditions on cotton market
Cotton market on Saturday lacked normal trading interest as ginners and spinners remained locked in price war owing to unsettled conditions on the major world trading centres.

February  2012

Rice, sugar, pulses hit new peak
As wholesale prices of pulses, rice and sugar have touched a new peak, consumers may witness another price-hike if government further increases petroleum prices on March 1.

February  2012

Use of banned dyes may jeopardise textile exports
Exporters fear that the discrete use of restricted Azo dyes in the textile and leather products could jeopardise the improved prospects of textiles export to European Union countries.

February  2012

KP to expedite Chashma irrigation project
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has prepared a strategy to manage an early implementation of the vital Chashma right bank canal lift-cum-gravity scheme, official sources said.

February  2012

Ill-conceived gas load plan hurts agriculture
Local fertiliser manufacturing plants have been forced to shut down for over six months last year, causing shortage of this key input and subsequent price hike by whooping 141 per cent in just two years, claim the representatives of the industry.

February  2012

Urea, DAP much costlier in Pakistan
The Pakistani farmers are paying more for fertilizers in the region as prices of urea and DAP are much higher in the country compared to the prices of neighbouring countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan and also against international market.

January  2012

Debate on imported Bt cotton seed
The farming community of southern Punjab gave a mixed reaction to a Punjab government’s decision to drop a proposal of introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton in collaboration with Monsanto.

January  2012

Pakistan to challenge UN decision in world court
Pakistan has decided to challenge in the international court of arbitration a decision of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to grant carbon credits to India on a controversial hydropower project without mandatory clearance of its trans-boundary environmental impact assessment.

January  2012

Rs 225b payment to cane growers on stake
The payment of Rs 225 billion to the sugarcane growers by the millers is now on stake, as the federal government is neither purchasing the surplus sugar stock nor it is allowing the manufacturers to export it, enabling them to make in-time payment to the farmers.

December  2011

Raw sugar premiums slip; rising supply weighs
Thai raw sugar premiums for prompt delivery ticked lower on Tuesday and are likely to fall further next week as supplies rise, not only in Asia but elsewhere in the world, dealers said on Tuesday.

December  2011

Now It’s official that Bt.cotton failed 12 million hectors in India
As per recent admission of Dr C.D. Mayee, President of Indian Society for Cotton Improvement who was instrumental in giving blanket permission for commercial trials of genetically modified (GM) Bt.cotton seed notoriously known as killer seed in part of cotton growing region of India...

December  2011

Power bills with hefty arrears upset govt, farmers
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and farmers have accumulated over Rs400 million arrears as the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) charged their tubewells less tariff over the last few years than the one approved in February 2007.

November  2011

Textile exports fall 14pc
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s textile and clothing exports witnessed a decline of 14 per cent in October this year over the same month last year, sending fears to policy-makers that shrinking export proceeds in the sector may result in layoffs.

November  2011

Defunct development of Pakistan
Pakistan's development process is non-performing. It is non-performing as it has taken on policy situations which were both obsolete and time had overtaken these or these were the outcome of some hybrid policies brought in by expatriates that had lobbied through such international agencies as the WB/IMF and or the ADB.

November  2011

Proposed MFN status to India: Ginners express reservation
The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) leadership expressed its reservations on granting the status of 'most favoured nation' to India, describing it detrimental to Pakistan's cotton growers and ginners and said that the Parliament should reject this decision of the Cabinet because it would ruin the industry.

November  2011

Hard times for cane growers
A SIGNIFICANT drop in sugarcane sowing is feared this season as vast cane-producing areas remain inundated in rainwater.

October  2011

Improving supply chain for farm products
ULTIMATELY, there is some good news for farmers as Punjab wakes up to its agriculture export potential and to sensitivities of international buyers.

October  2011

Sowing of Rabi crop delayed
THE ‘early Rabi crop’ season has started while the rainwater in inundated fields in Dadu district has not been drained out, keeping the growers worried about when and how to cultivate wheat, vegetables and other seasonable crops.

October  2011

Setting price for new tobacco crop
THE Pakistan Tobacco Board has initiated consultations with farmers to determine the cost of tobacco production and its procurement prices for the upcoming year.

October  2011

Cotton prices rise by Rs100
Trading on the cotton market on Monday resumed on a firm note as prices were quoted further higher by Rs100 per maund in the ready section.

October  2011

Sliding cotton prices
The cotton prices need some kind of support to stabilise. With the momentum in crop arrival in the market, its price, following the international trend, has started sliding.

Aug  2011

Surge in edible oil imports
THE consumption of palm oil increased 14 per cent to over 1.9 million tonnes during July-June 2010-11, pushing up its import bill by 53 per cent to $2 billion.

Aug  2011

Gas loadshedding, rising urea prices
THE urea crisis, which has gripped the country since November, is fast assuming a disastrous proportion, mainly due to the federal government’s quiet reversal of the national policy for allocation of ga.

Aug  2011

Improving farm extension services
A highly minute per cent of farmers in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa use modern technology when it comes to agriculture. ONLY about 20 per cent of farmers in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa use modern technology in agriculture.

Aug  2011

Growing Water Deficit Threatening Grain Harvests
Many countries are facing dangerous water shortages. As world demand for food has soared, millions of farmers have drilled too many irrigation wells in efforts to expand their harvests. As a result, water tables are falling and wells are going dry in some 20 countries containing half the world's people.

July  2011

Self-assessment for farm income tax
THE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is working on a scheme to introduce a self-assessment for agriculture income taxpayers to widen the tax base and improve provincial revenue.

July  2011

The increasing food prices
THE latest UN warning that the world food prices, including cereals, are inching towards a new record must be a cause of concern for Pakistan, where millions are surviving on the edge and cannot afford further financial burden.

July  2011

Pause in oil palm plantation
THE fate of oil palm plantation project in the coastal areas of Sindh has become uncertain in the backdrop of conflicting views of the provincial government officials over the status of Pakistan Oilseed Development Board after its devolution.

July  2011

Sindh’s depleting fish resource
Fish experts also complain that rapidly declining mangroves in the coastal areas is another cause of fall in fish production.

July  2011

Snags in commercialisation of livestock sector
THE livestock sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, despite having great potential for poverty alleviation, has not developed on commercial lines because of paucity of funds, capacity and technology constraints.

July  2011

Depressed onion prices in Swat
THE onion farmers in Swat are not getting reasonable returns for their crop due to absence of a modern market system in the province. Despite a bumper onion crop this year, they have not fully benefited from the harvest.

July  2011

Trial shipment of mango to Europe
THE first-ever trial shipment of mango for high-end super markets of Europe dispatched directly from two orchards in Sindh is indeed a pioneering effort. Eight such shipments are taking place from all over the country.

July  2011

Credit-starved farm and agro industries
THE government should focus on development of agro industries in the rural areas for boosting export of processed food products, says the president of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

July  2011

Punjab’s sinking farm economy
Agriculture in Punjab has underperformed over the last three years. Cotton production has fallen 10 per cent, rice 6.7, gram 30 and pulses by 24 per cent.

July  2011

Paddy growers’ worries
PREPARATIONS for rice cultivation in Sindh are underway amidst fears that flood-ravaged canal network — recently repaired by the irrigation authorities — will not be able to carry water to their farms.

July  2011

Taxes on farm inputs pinch small growers
THE levy of general sales tax and withdrawal of subsidies as part of next year`s budget has not gone down well with farmers.

June  2011

Trials of genetically modified corn
AFTER nearly succeeding in the case of Bt cotton, the US multinational Monsanto is now lobbying for introduction of genetically modified corn in Pakistan and has convinced the government to have field trials of its crop.

June  2011

Food security risks in devolution
PAKISTAN may soon be the only country that would not have any federal agency to deal with food security issues, unlike other states in the world.

June  2011

Status quo approach in agri development
IF the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz wants self-reliance, doing away with foreign aid and loans, it is natural for everyone to expect its next budget in Punjab — where the party rules — to reflect that commitment.

June  2011

Kharif sowing hit by water shortage
KHARIF crops sowing in lower Sindh region, mainly fed by Nara canal system, may be hit by water shortage, while growers’ complaints also abound in different areas of Sukkur barrage. The shortage has forced growers to come out on roads.

June  2011

Livestock through Islamic Microfinance
According to the observation, mostly, at Islamic Microfinance Sector level, it is being practiced with the conventional structures. If there is any will to do can feel for Islamic Microfinance, the lake of proper systems and unavailability of skilled staff are the hurdles.

May  2011

Time to tax farm incomes
THE call for effectively taxing big farm incomes has gathered momentum in the recent years as the country strives to close the widening gap between its falling revenues and growing expenditure.

May  2011

Need to set minimum rice export price
RICE export figures for the first 10 months of the current fiscal year do not appear as impressive when seen in the context of higher international price as compared to last year.

May  2011

Middlemen`s intrusion in wheat procurement
WHEAT procurement drive is in full swing in Sindh. A visit to most of the procurement centres, set up by the government at accessible locations to facilitate grower, shows that premises are now abuzz with business activity.

May  2011

Falling wheat prices in the market
CONFLICTING reports about political crisis and falling prices of wheat dominated trading on the Karachi wholesale commodity markets during the preceding week and according to some dealers, this also affected the activity on some other counters.

May  2011

Monitoring the seed market
THE need to bring some regulation in cotton seed market seems to be increasing by the day. The chaos that rules the market surfaced in a recent meeting of the Expert Committee on Cotton of the Punjab government, which noted that some 41 traditional seed varieties, some of them of questionable quality, provide business to over 600 companies.

May  2011

Policy risks to cotton crop
THE second, and indefinite, postponement of the meeting of Federal Committee on Agriculture in the last week of April leaves many bewildered, especially when it comes to the planning for cotton crop.

May  2011

Snags in boosting date exports
DATE producers expect a fairly good crop in Sindh this season, but fear post-harvest losses because of lack of proper drying, processing and storage facilities.

May  2011

Improving farmer-govt nexus
THE next year`s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa budget will mount efforts to facilitate farmers hit by floods and militancy to revive and develop the agricultural economy.

May  2011

Dip in wheat prices
WHEAT harvesting is gaining momentum in Punjab, espec- ially in the southern part. According to official estimates, nearly 40 per cent of harvesting in these areas has been completed.

Mayl  2011

Difficult access to certified seeds
KHARIF season has started in lower Sindh and cotton sowing is under way in the left bank areas wherever wheat has been harvested. Upper Sindh growers on the right bank of Indus, who mostly grow rice.

May  2011

Ensuring fair price for farm produce
“RATHER than bringing my tomatoes to this far away market to sell it at a price which even cannot cover the transportation expenses, I better destroy the crop in the field,” said a farmer who had brought the commodity from Sindh to the vegetable market in Mardan.

April  2011

Linking growers with corporate buyers
At the closing of last year’s procurement, the Food Department stocked a quantity of 6.6 million metric ton (MMT) of wheat in July, 2010.

April  2011

Nation’s food security at risk?
Food and other essentials for the local consumer first. ILLUSTRATION: S.JAMAL. While the country is going through its biggest financial crises led by cost push inflation our business indices reflect that the country is doing better than last years in all its sectors.

 April  2011

Export operation 2010-11 by Punjab Food Department
At the closing of last year’s procurement, the Food Department stocked a quantity of 6.6 million metric ton (MMT) of wheat in July, 2010.

April  2011

Kick starting Diamer-Bhasha project
THE ground-breaking ceremony of Diamer-Bhasha project is scheduled for next month while a sum of Rs15 billion has been earmarked this year to finance dam`s pre-construction related activities.

April  2011

Off-channel reservoirs for flood control
A NEW flood season is on hand but the country is not yet out of the disastrous impacts of floods of 2010. With the ongoing climatic changes and the poor record of flood protection measures, such a calamity may become a norm instead of an occasional happening.

April  2011

Food security concerns
THE food prices index around the world has surged to a new height compelling a few countries of North Africa and the Middle East to store wheat and rice in bulk.

April  2011

Mango crop outlook
THE weather condition does not seem favourable for mango production in Sindh this season as reports indicate that proper fruit flowering and setting has not taken place yet.

April  2011

Punjab’s wheat procurement drive
AGAINST all earlier fears, signs for a smooth drive for wheat procurement are emerging in Punjab, and emerging fast.

April  2011

Surplus food, not to eat
ACCOUNTING for more than a 40 per cent share in the consumer price index, the higher food prices have driven the overall inflation for quite some time to the detriment of the people despite a tight monetary policy.

March  2011

Sindh facing paddy seed shortage
FEARS are being expressed that availability of quality paddy seed will be a problem for rice producers in the upper Sindh region in the coming kharif season. During last year’s devastating floods rice growers not only lost their paddy crop but also the quality local seed which they had stored for the next season.

March  2011

Costly food, supply concerns prompt Asian grains buying
Asian buyers are snapping up more rice and cheap Australian wheat to boost food and feedstock security in the face of record high prices that policymakers fear could stoke popular discontent and damage their economies.

Feb  2011

0.320m animals exported
The Senate was informed on Friday that as many as 3,20,489 animals were exported to different countries under the commercial export of live animals through open policy since May, 2009.

Feb  2011

Agriculture and Technology Belated decision on wheat export
TAFTER months of foot dragging on the issue, the federal government finally this week allowed export of one million tons of wheat and its products.

Feb  2011

Agriculture and Technology Belated decision on wheat export
TAFTER months of foot dragging on the issue, the federal government finally this week allowed export of one million tons of wheat and its products.

Jan 2011

Cotton production crosses 12mn bales
Besides sporadic use of BT cotton seeds this season, the crop remained free from all diseases and no worth mentioning pest attack was reported from Sindh and the Punjab, said cotton analysts.
December 2010

Grain storages for food security
IN the absence of planning for maximisation of crops and low spending of allocated funds for construction of modern storage facilities, Sindh faces a threat of becoming a food insecure province.

November 2009

Pricing of sugarcane and sugar
THE Agricultural Prices Commission (APCom) set up in 1981, was required to advice the government on the support price of about half a dozen important crops like wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane and oilseeds. In doing so, the APCom had to consider about 15 different criteria.

November 2009

Flawed cane policy
THE Sindh government has again fixed November 1 for mills to start sugarcane crushing that will delay cane harvesting and wheat sowing.

October 2010

Cotton growers seek early release of water
Pakistan can obtain at least one million additional bales of cotton if government releases water in perennial canals during the current month, according to Pakistan Cotton Forum (PCF), a joint platform of growers, ginners and spinners.

October 2010

Wheat sowing may be delayed in Punjab
AS Punjab is focused on the cotton crop, and justifiably so, wheat sowing in the province might get delayed beyond prudent limits.

September 2010

Reviving KP?s agriculture
REHABILITATION of farmers and revival of agriculture in the post-flood Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is likely to be handicapped for want of enough funds. The cash-strapped provincial government has neither received any support from the centre nor has the international community provided the required fund for the purpose.

Aug 2010

Sugar crisis brewing
The consequences of the shortage are predicted to be harsh for both consumers and the government. Soon we will find consumers either paying very high prices for the sweetener or waiting for hours in long queues to buy it in small quantities at subsidised rates.

July 2010

Problematic surplus wheat
A three-member committee of senior officials has been assigned the task of drawing up a strategy to utilise surplus wheat in the light of proposals received from different stakeholders.

July 2010

Unaffordable fertiliser prices
THE prices of fertiliser have gone up in the market with the arrival of Kharif season in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Growers say that surge in prices of fertiliser, an important input in farm production, has become unaffordable for small cultivators.
June 2010

Managing timely export
PAKISTAN has become self-sufficient in wheat and is able to export two million tons of the commodity. But the decision to export from the existing stock has come at a time when firm estimates about the size of current crop is yet to be available and the official procurement drive to gain momentum. It does not seem to be appropriate.
April 2010

Tractors’ sales surge to 26,816 units
About 200 vendors of the tractor manufacturing industry have inducted 15-20 per cent new hands since June to meet the surging production and sales of tractors and the robust future demand.
December 2009

Village agricultural centre
FARM production can be increased by 80-100 per cent if improved seeds, fertilisers, farm machinery, insecticides and herbicides are available to farmers at reasonable price together with interest-free loans in time.The price of diesel and electricity rates may also be cut for agricultural use..
December 2009

Sluggish pace of wheat sowing
ACCORDING to the official figures compiled on November 7, the pace of wheat sowing this season in Punjab is slower than last year in rain-fed areas. By that date, the province had sown only 1.2 million acres – out of which some 400,000 acres came from barani (rain-fed) areas.
November 2009

Fish exports up 21pc in value during 9 months 
Pakistan Seafood Industries Association says exports to Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand have virtually nullified the negative impact of EU ban. - Reuters photo KARACHI: Fish exports increased by 21 per cent in value during the nine months.
November 2009

Sunflower seeds give best nutritional quality
SUNFLOWER seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, protein, fibre, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of diet. While the vibrant, strong sunflower is a recognised worldwide for its beauty, it is also an important source of food.
November 2009

How a Biofuel 'Miracle' Ruined Kenyan Farmers 
Everyone in Kibwezi, a village in southeastern Kenya parched by four years of drought, remembers the promises. It all started in 2000, when the government started preaching the word about a plant called jatropha curcas.
October 2009

South Asia frets over high food prices 
Ambika Biswas looks at her grocery bag and winces. She is buying food for her family in one of New Delhi's cheapest markets — yet her grocery costs are far higher than last year.
September 2009

No land leased to Saudi Arabia yet: Waqar 
Minister for Investment, Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan Monday said Pakistan had not given land to Saudi Arabia or any other country, however, the Gulf states were keen to acquire land in the sub-continent for agriculture purposes due to growing fear of food scarcity.
September 2009

Adequate supplies of sugar available: TCP 
The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has sufficient sugar stocks to meet Ramazan demand and has already issued orders for release of 50,000 tons of sugar to Utility Stores Corporation from its total stocks of 166,000 tons lying with different mills throughout the country.
August 2009

Lower targets for cash crops 
ARGETS for two cash crops - cotton and rice - have been fixed at lessthan what the country achieved last year, leave alone bumper andrecord yields of the past.This year, cotton target has come down to 13.3 million bales againstlast season’s production of 14.1 million bales.
July 2009

Kharif crops ? growers await support prices 
NO support price for rice crop has been announced while the Kharif season has entered its third month. I have planted rice seedlings on just 20 out of my 45 acres. I am indecisive whether or not to cultivate more rice this season,? says Muhammad Arif Mahar, a rice grower in Wazirabad, a village in Shikarpur district.
July 2009

Water shortage hurts Pakistan’s rice exports 
Pakistan exported about 2.9 million tonnes of rice in the 2008/09 financial year, down from 3.3 million tonnes the previous year, and a possible water shortage has raised concern for the new crop, an industry official said on Wednesday.
July 2009

Sindh files complaint against fertiliser firms 
It has been stated in the complaint that at least two leading fertiliser companies in Sindh pressurise buyers to purchase a bag of DAP for four bags of urea.
June 2009

Vegetable and fruit exports up in 11 months 
Fruit and vegetable exports during July-May 2008-09, increased by 6.55 per cent and 26.63 per cent, respectively.
June 2009

Damage to peach crop in Swat likely 
Thousands of tons of peach crop is feared to be wasted in the Malakand division this season again as mass exodus of people continues from the area after the launch of military operation ‘Rah-i-Haq-II’ for flashing out Taliban.
May 2009

Storage issues may hit wheat procurement 
INADEQUATE grain storage capacity in the public sector departments can cost the country greatly as a major chunk of the procured wheat will be kept in the open or it will be at the mercy of private warehouses.
May 2009

Small growers at the mercy of middlemen 
MIDDLEMEN are individuals/business concerns who perform various marketing functions involved in the purchase and sale of goods as these move from producers to consumers.
April 2009

Bt cotton in butcher’s hand 
Agricultural use of genetically modified (GM) crops across the world has increased almost seventy fold in the past ten years and is set to double by 2015, says a study released by The International Service for the Acquisition.
April 2009

  As more genetically modified foods reach the U.S.

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