Genetically-enhanced corn seeds: Croplife Asia praises decision
Croplife Asia, a non-profit society and the voice of the region's plant science industry, has welcomed a federal government decision allowing growers to choose genetically enhanced corn seeds to enable them to produce better crops and reduce overall environmental impact.
Farmers asked to drain out rainwater from standing crops
The Met Office has asked the farmers to take steps to ensure draining out the stagnant rainwater from their standing crops, and warned that the accumulated dampness could scale down cotton yield. It also alerted the growers to the possible pest and viral attacks at cotton and sugarcane crops during hot and humid monsoon conditions. It said that the farmers should be "very careful" and take in time precautionary measures in this regard.
Prices of vegetables, pulses, other items record increase
A huge surge in prices of vegetable, pulses, and other essential food commodities was witnessed during the preceding week, as compared to last week, according to survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday.
Export of 0.6 million tons of wheat: Economic Co-ordination Committee approves extra rebate of $30 per ton
The Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet Tuesday approved an additional rebate of $30 per ton for export of 0.6 million tons of wheat and wheat flour with 0.3 million each by Punjab and Sindh government, till November 30, 2016. The meeting presided over by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar considered and approved a proposal of Ministry of National Food, Security and Research on Tuesday.
New entrant status: Tractor industry expresses reservations
The local tractor industry has expressed strong reservations to granting new entrant status to Minsk Tractor Works Pakistan to assemble model MT 510, Secretary Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers told Business Recorder." The move has resulted in uncertain futures of the industry and its vendors, jobs and tax collection" he added.
Provincial Disaster Management Authority monitors water flows
Most of the rivers were in low and medium flood and some were flowing normally, said a release of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) issued here on Sunday. River Kabul was in medium flood at Warsak and Nowshera with 41600 and 27580 cusecs water discharge respectively.
Pakistan has been a heavy buyer of soybeans and other oilseeds in past months
Importers have in recent weeks purchased about 330,000 tonnes of soybeans to be sourced from Brazil and also recently bought about 30,000 tonnes of Canadian canola, European traders said on Thursday. The soybeans are for shipment between February and May 2017 in five consignments, they said. The canola (rapeseed) was for November and December shipment purchased in part ship loads, they said.
Punjab Provincial Cooperative Bank Ltd. sanctions Rs 1.63 billion loans for Kharif crops
Punjab Provincial Co-operative Bank Ltd has so far sanctioned Rs 1.634 billion agriculture loans for sowing, growing and maturing Kharif crops 2016 through 8,996 members of 45,537 co-operative societies in the province.
Sindh intentions to improve quality of chilies
KUNRI: Chilli growers of Umerkot, Mirpurkhas and Badin districts would be provided equipment and machinery on a co-sharing basis to improve quality of chillies by reducing aflotoxin, enhance value chain and increase exports under the Rs1,810.25 million Sindh Agriculture Growth Project (SAGP) with assistance from the World Bank.
Power tariff dropped for agriculture tube wells
The government on Monday notified reduction in power tariff for agriculture tube wells by Rs 3.50 per unit, while directions were issued to all the distribution companies (DISCOs) to restore the zero load shedding regime for the industrial sector.
Provinces asked to develop maintainable agriculture policies
KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Regional Standing Committee Chairman Ahmad Jawad has said provinces direly needed to introduce sustainable agriculture policy so as to ensure food security and quality seeds of wheat, rice, cotton and vegetables, and if steps were not taken on war footing, food security would shatter the economic structure, as the country would be compelled to spend billions of dollars on imports to feed its huge population.
Empowering weak farmer communities
A PROJECT supported by international agencies to address social imbalances in Sindh has helped improve the livelihood of families of poor peasants and other rural households, in areas covered by the program.
337,500 olive trees to be planted in Potohar area
RAWALPINDI: Barani Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) Director Dr Muhammad Tariq has said that the set target to plant 337,500 olive saplings this year in Potohar region will be achieved.
Ministry of Food Security to launch national agriculture registry
The government has allowed the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) to establish the national agriculture registry (NAR) that will play an important role in granting intellectual property rights (IPR) to any invention in the agriculture sector.
Post-harvest technology energetic for agriculture: FPCCI
KARACHI ? The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) on Tuesday said inventing and applying new technologies had become need of the hour for Pakistan?s economy, especially for the agriculture sector.
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry seeks immediate clearance of consignments of pulses
President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Younus Muhammad Bashir has urged the Director General & Advisor, Department of Plant Protection, Government of Pakistan , Sahabzada Imran Shami to direct the authorities concerned to immediately clear hundreds of pulses containers held up at the Ports in Karachi in order to prevent further losses to importers and shortage of foodstuff in the grain markets.
Farmers insisted to use bio-slurry as organic fertilizer
The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has once again directed the cotton growers to carry out twice a week 'pest scouting' of their crops and consult local agricultural experts for selection of pesticides in case attack of white fly, Jassid and mealy bug crosses the economic threshold. In an advisory issued here on Tuesday, the department said that the crop has entered into critical juncture.
Agriculture Desk to be set up at The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry(FPCCI) to help agro industry
The Regional Standing Committee of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) called for setting up an agriculture desk for formation of policies, on Tuesday in ISLAMABAD. It has also been asked that the tabled policies be submitted to the federal government in order to enhance both income and productivity.