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August 2016

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Pakistan donates 10,000 tons of rice to flooded areas of China
The first batch of rice donated by Pakistan to flood-stricken areas in central China's Hubei province arrived at Wuhan Tianhe Airport on August 22. Hubei provincial government held a handover ceremony at the airport for the first 22 tons of rice. According to the donation plan, Pakistan will donate a total of 10,000 tons for disaster relief.
Wednesday, August-24-2016

Congo virus prevention: KP Livestock department
The Livestock Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established 130 check posts across the province for prevention of Congo virus where 529 employees have been deployed for conducting spray in cattle markets and cattle pen.
Wednesday, August-24-2016

Suggests Climate Change Ministry to oversee PMD
The Senate's Standing Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) may be brought under the Climate Change Ministry and a budget of Rs 9 billion for updating its equipment may be released immediately.
Wednesday, August-24-2016

PBIF chief voices concern over low agriculture output
President of Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Mian Zahid Hussain has expressed concern over low agricultural output despite improved loans by the banks. Banks distributed Rs 598.3 billion to the Agricultural sector in 2015-16 against the target of Rs 600 billion among 2.4 million farmers but it failed to boost output, he said.
Wednesday, August-24-2016

TCP sends 15,000 tons of rice to Cuba as gift
The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), on behalf of the government of Pakistan, dispatched some 15,000 tons of rice to Cuba as gift. Sources told on Monday that the state-run grain trader has successfully completed another export shipment of rice, procured from domestic exporters/traders. This is the second rice export consignment by the TCP during this year as earlier in January this year, the state-run grain trader exported some 15,000 tons of rice including Long Grain White Rice (IRRI-6) and Super Basmati rice for Niger.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

Floriculture share in global market negligible
Despite a huge potential of producing good quality of flowers, the country's floriculture share in the international market is negligible. This was stated by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while presiding over the inaugural session of seminar titled "Prospects of bulbous flower production" in Pakistan. It was organised by the Institute of Horticultural Sciences in collaboration with Green Works, Lahore.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

Speakers urge farmers to produce vegetable seeds
Speakers have called for tangible steps to pave the way for production of indigenous on-farm vegetable seeds as the country is spending a huge foreign exchange of 6 billion rupees annually on imported vegetable seeds. They were addressing at one-day seminar titled "Dissemination of Seed Production Technology of Vegetable Crops" arranged by Vegetable Seed Lab, Institute of Horticulture Sciences University of Agriculture Faisalabad at New Senate Hall.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

Farmers advised to take steps against pest, viral attacks
The Met Office on Monday asked the farmers to take measures against pest and viral attacks at cotton and sugarcane crops during the hot and humid monsoon conditions. It said that those farmers watering their crops from tube wells should schedule irrigation keeping in view the rainy monsoon weather.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

Tarbela''s filling: Irsa takes notice of manhandling
Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Monday took a serious note of Wapda''s mishandling of Tarbela''s filling to a maxim level of 1550 feet and decided to give water to Punjab and Sindh as per actual allocations instead of increased quantity. This is the crux of an emergency meeting of Irsa Authority presided over by Chairman Irsa, Rao Irshad, which was attended by all the members.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

SCA seeks early notification for committee
Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has welcomed the announcement of Chief Minister Sindh regarding forming a ministerial committee for resolving the issues of agriculture sector and demanded to notify the committee at the earliest.
Tuesday, August-23-2016

Agriculture sector be included in CPEC
Chairman Regional Standing Committee of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) on Agriculture, Ahmad Jawad has proposed that agriculture sector should be included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In a statement issued here on Saturday, Ahmad Jawad while pointing out an absence of the government strategy for production and export of crops oriented towards China and Central Asian countries, emphasised on preparing a long-term plan.
Monday, August-22-2016

Punjab govt. approves interest-free loans for farmers
Punjab government has approved a program to provide interest free easy loans to five hundred thousand small farmers. The approval was given at a meeting in Lahore on Sunday, with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair.
Monday, August-22-2016

UAF holds seminar on seed production technology
Speakers have called for tangible steps to pave the way for production of indigenous on-farm vegetable seeds as the country is spending a huge foreign exchange of 6 billion rupees annually on imported vegetable seeds. They were addressing at one-day seminar titled "Dissemination of Seed Production Technology of Vegetable Crops" arranged by Vegetable Seed Lab, Institute of Horticulture Sciences University of Agriculture Faisalabad at New Senate Hall.
Monday, August-22-2016

Livestock and dairy farming sectors
Livestock and dairy farming sectors are playing a major role in Pakistan?s economy, since these are good mean of earning livelihood, especially for lower income people.
Monday, August-22-2016

USAID helping mango farmers
"The United States is helping Pakistan boost domestic and international sales of Pakistani agricultural products, including mangoes," said Consul General Heath. "We want to make Pakistani mangoes as competitive as they can be in international markets," he said. Pakistan is the fifth largest mango-producing country in the world, but exports less than 8 percent of its production. "Pakistani mango exports to the U.S. doubled last year, setting a record at 184 metric tons, and there is even more potential in this area," said Brian Heath.
Saturday, August-20-2016

Sugarcane production can be increased
Per acre sugarcane production can be increased through the use of modern trends as the country was getting only 450 maunds per acre compared to the potential of 2000 maunds. The agriculturists said this at the inaugural session of six-week Advanced Certificate Course in Sugarcane Agronomy arranged at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.
Saturday, August-20-2016

Engro half year profits down 28 percent
Engro Corporation announced a profit-after-tax (PAT) of Rs 6.91 billion for the first half year that ended June 30, said the company Friday. This represents Rs 10.54 earnings per share (EPS). The company's profits were down by 28 percent from Rs 9.56 billion (EPS Rs 15.28) on a year-on-year basis.
Saturday, August-20-2016

Sindh tractors scheme should be under ballot
Sindh government, through newspaper advertisement on August 17, made announcement regarding tractors subsidiary scheme i.e.provision of 3,550 tractors for about Rs200,000 to Rs300, 000 on the basis of entertaining application over come first, get first principle.
Saturday, August-20-2016

Minister admits Pak mango exports still low
Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan has said that government is providing all required facilities to the mango farmers to boost exports.
Saturday, August-20-2016

Sale of imported urea approved by ECC
Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Thursday approved the sale of imported urea available at the National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) at Rs 1310 per 50 kg bag on the recommendations of Finance Ministry. Presided over by the Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar, the ECC was informed by the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoI&P) that Cabinet in January 16, 2014 had decided to equate the price of imported Urea fertilizer with the price then in force ie per bag of domestically purchased Urea ie Rs 1,786/- per 50 kg bag.
Friday, August-19-2016

Asked to transfer Rs 100 million to PAFDA
Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja has asked the Finance Department to transfer the funds of Rs 100 million at the earliest to the Punjab Agriculture Food and Drug Authority (PAFDA). Presiding over the 20th meeting of the steering committee of the Authority here on Thursday, the Additional Chief Secretary drew the attention of the finance department of orders of the Chief Minister of allocating Rs 100 million to the Authority.
Friday, August-19-2016

Mango export witnesses 36 percent growth
Pakistan's mango export witnessed a healthy growth of 36 percent during this season compared to same period of last year. Exporters said that over 80,000 tons mango have so far been exported against the targeted 0.1 million tons this year. Mango export posted an increase of 36 percent during this year as compared with the export recorded last year, in which at least 58,000 tons mango was exported.
Friday, August-19-2016

Vet doctors and paramedics deputed at cattle market
On the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad, veterinary doctors and paramedical staff appointed by Sindh Livestock and Animal Husbandry Department have started working in their designated camps in the Maweshi Mandi, Super Highway. The team consists of 17 veterinary officers and 16 paramedics besides stock assistants. At least five doctors will work in each of the three shifts round the clock in the cattle market to facilitate traders in inspection and treatment of their animals until Eid.
Friday, August-19-2016

Red chilli: PMEX holds awareness programmes
Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited (PMEX) is relentlessly striving to bring the agricultural commodities on its platform. In this regard, the Exchange launched Red Chilli deliverable contracts in October 2015. PMEX received an encouraging response from all the market participants for the efforts that resulted in better quality red chilli production, quick cash payout to the farmers and overall efficiency in the red chilli trade.
Friday, August-19-2016

Cotton prices firm on sustained buying
The cotton market on Thursday remained firm amid sustained flow of buying orders from needy spinners. The improved quality and flow of phutti induced buyers to replenish their stocks.
Friday, August-19-2016

ZTBL, AGTL to facilitate farmers? access to machinery
Zarai Taraq?qiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL) will extend cooperation to Al-Ghazi Tractors Ltd (AGTL) for allowing farmers? access to new machinery and help increase yield.
Friday, August-19-2016

Negative agriculture growth despite surge in credit
BANKS last week released agriculture loan data for 2015-16, which claims to have achieved an ?almost 100pc? target ? disbursing Rs598.3bn against the annual target of Rs600bn.
Friday, August-19-2016

Govt cuts urea price by over a quarter to combat glut
Faced with overabundance crisis, the government on Thursday decided to pump out its urea fertiliser stocks with a 27 per cent price cut to recoup some of the agricultural loss of the last fiscal year.
Friday, August-19-2016

Exporters eying to double rice exports
With efforts of Reap, Pakistan?s rice exports have achieved $2 billion target and now they are eying some $4 billion rice exports by 2018. If the government continues its support to the roadmap of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan for increasing rice exports the country can achieve its goal of doubling the rice exports in a couple of years.
Thursday, August-18-2016

Sign MoU for development of poultry sector
The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and Saidq Group Rawalpindi inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of poultry sector. Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Sadiq Group Human Resource Manager Toseeq Ahmad signed the MoU at the UVAS City Campus on Wednesday.
Thursday, August-18-2016

ZTBL, Al-Ghazi Tractors agree to extend
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) has agreed to extend cooperation with the leading tractors and agriculture equipment manufacturers Al-Ghazi Tractors Limited (AGTL) to look into the possibilities of improving farmers' economy and increasing their yield.
Thursday, August-18-2016

KP govt. to distribute 10 million olive plants
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Shah Farman has said that six union councils of the Koh Daman, district Peshawar are suitable for the cultivation of olive plants, saying for this purpose, the provincial government will distribute 10 million olive plants in the growers of the concerned areas free of cost.
Wednesday, August-17-2016

Mangla dam filled to maximum level
The Mangla Dam today filled to its maximum storage level of 1242 feet above mean sea level. It is worth mentioning that Mangla Dam, the first-ever mega multi-purpose project in Pakistan, was completed in 1967 with storage capacity of 5.88 MAF which reduced to 4.6 MAF due to sedimentation till 2004. Subsequently, Mangla Dam Raising Project was initiated in 2004 with a view to maximising hydro potential of River Jhelum. The project was substantially completed in December 2009.
Wednesday, August-17-2016

Pakistan has lost Iranian rice market
Pakistan has lost Iranian rice market to India due to lack of proper transaction channels and relatively high prices, which have negatively affected exports, rice exporters told. Earlier, Iran was importing about 0.6 million tonnes of rice from Pakistan, however India has taken over this market and as a result Pakistan rice exports declined, said senior vice Chairman Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Noman Ahmad Sheikh.
Wednesday, August-17-2016

TCP rejects first lowest bid on technical grounds
Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), rejecting first lowest bid on technical ground, has finalized deal with responsive bidders for procurement of 10,000 tons Long Grain White Rice (PK-386) at a price of Rs 47,950 per metric ton for China.
Wednesday, August-17-2016

Rice exporters to visit Mozambique next month
A trade delegation of rice export will visit Mozambique next month to explore new export opportunities there and other surrounding African countries. While chairing fifth meeting of Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Rice Exports, Rafique Suleman Chairman Committee said the delegation aimed at capturing not only the market in Mozambique but the surrounding African countries as well including Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia and even South Africa.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

BASF launches 'Natuphos(r) E'
BASF has launched Natuphos(r) E, a new phytase for animal nutrition, in Pakistan. With unprecedented enzyme stability, Natuphos E helps poultry utilise phosphorous and key nutrients more efficiently, bringing a wide range of benefits to the animal feed industry and local farmers.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Pak-Dutch bilateral ties to be further strengthened
Netherl-ands and Pakistan bilateral relations will be further strengthened in educational and agricultural sectors to get benefit from each other's experiences and to fight common challenges, said Renate Pors, Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy, Islamabad.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Steps taken to adopt modern biotechnology
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday said that Pakistan has taken a number of bold steps regarding resorting to biotechnology in spite of many challenges. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan while speaking at a two-day workshop on capacity building of biosafety technology said that Pakistan as a developing country is facing many challenges including energy crisis, food security, and rapid urbanization in the wake of increasing population and the more global phenomenon of climate change.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

TCP to send 10,000 tons of Irri-6 rice to China
The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has finalized a deal for procurement of 10,000 tons Long Grain White Rice (Irri-6) for China. The procured rice will be dispatched to China for flood affected masses as a gift from the people of Pakistan.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Minister visits Karachi Fish Harbour
Sindh Livestock and Fisheries Minister, Muhammad Ali Malkani has assured the stakeholders to resolve their genuine issues during his visit to Karachi Fish Harbor. He also asked the fisheries officials to maintain hygiene in line with the EU specifications at the key export-oriented facility of the harbor. The minister inspected the seafood auction halls, modified fishing vessels and landing jetties. He inquired about the development schemes at fisheries.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Farmers warned of pest, viral attacks
The Met Office has warned the farmers of pest and viral attack at cotton and sugarcane during the hot and humid monsoon conditions, asking them to take measures to protect their standing crops. It said those farmers depending on tube-wells should schedule crops irrigations in line with the expected rainy weather. It suggested the growers to remove weeds to help the standing crops yield maximum. "Weeds removing practices should be started soon after expected rains," it said.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

66000 kanals land acquired for Diamer-Bhasha Dam
Sixty six thousand kanals land has been acquired for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam. WAPDA sources have disclosed that owners of the land have been paid forty five billion rupees.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

TCP scraps rice tender
Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) scrapped rice procurement tender for China, as the successful bidder agreed for conditional supply. State-run grain trader finalised a deal for procurement of 10,000 tons of Long Grain White Rice (Irri-6) for China on August 11, and accordingly the contract was awarded to lowest bidder namely M/s Chappal Traders at Rs 41,392/-per metric tons on Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) basis as its bid was response and competitive.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

PMAS-AAUR, AICS agree to initiate
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) have agreed to initiate collaborative research projects in the field of agriculture, particularly for promotion of olive cultivation in the country.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

PEW calls for improved food security
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday expressed reservations over government?s response to the looming food shortage threat.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Irsa fills Mangla Dam to its full capacity
The Indus River System Authority has filled the Mangla Dam on the river Jhelum to its full capacity and stored 7.4 MAF water in the reservoir. "The dam reached its maximum conservation level of 1242 feet on Sunday afternoon and the water managers were discharging all the 28,200 cusecs run of the river water downstream the Mangla dam," Flood Water Warning Center said.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

President underscores need for patenting mangoes
President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that different varieties of Pakistani mangoes, being best in the world, should be patented to introduce it as a brand. European markets should be targeted where Pakistani mango could be sold on higher price and country's foreign exchange reserves could increase, he added. The President was speaking on the occasion of a mango festival organised by All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers, and Merchants Association (PFVA) here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Rice export to China
In response to Trading Corporation of Pakistan''s (TCP) rice procurement tender for China, some 7 bidders have submitted offers ranging from Rs 46,692 to Rs 56,950 per metric ton. The TCP floated the second tender on August 12, 2015, for purchase of 10,000 tons of Long Grain White Rice (PK-386) in containerized bagged shipment on Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) basis. The tender was issued under the Rule 42(c)(v) of the Public Procurement Rules 2004 with opening date of August 15, 2016, as the government has declared emergency for the instant procurement.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Discourage cheap wheat variety influx
The government is likely to enhance Regulatory Duty (RD) on the import of wheat from 40 percent to 60 percent aimed at discouraging influx of cheap wheat from Central Asia and facilitate private sector, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. The sources said this year wheat production target was fixed at 26 million tons with an area of 9.23 million hectares. Against this target, as per second estimates by the provincial governments, wheat production for 2015-16 is estimated at 25.45 million tons with an area of 9.250 million hectares.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Iran to allow import of kinnow, potato
Vice President and Regional Chairman Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), Riaz Khattak has said Pakistan and Iran are enjoying close and cordial relations which are based on historical bonds of culture, traditions, religion and ethnicity.He said exchange of high level visits between states highlight the importance, respective countries give to each other in their inter-state relations, adding that Pakistan is engaged with Iran to enhance trade between the two countries.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Cane commissioner asked to sell sugar stock
The Lahore High Court on Monday directed Cane Commissioner Punjab to submit a compliance report by September 06 after selling sugar stock of Brother Sugar Mills, owned by a relative of the Sharif family, to make withheld payments to farmers. The court also directed the Cane Commissioner to sell the pledged stock of the sugar mill and deposit the amounts in the court''s account.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Funding for agriculture sector
Mehdi Abbas Langah, MNA from Jalalpur Pirwala said that Rs 100 billion funding being pumped into the agriculture sector development in Punjab had started benefiting farmers. He said this at a ceremony at Markaz Hafiz Wala after distribution of soil sampling and pest scouting kits under 'Extension Service 2.0: Farmer Facilitation Through Modernized Extension" here.
Tuesday, August-16-2016

Wheat export policy to benefit consumers, mills
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry`s (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Flour Milling has called for a generalised wheat export policy, favouring not only the whole flour millers but also general consumers.
Thursday, August-11-2016

current rains will have positive impact on Khrif crops
The current monsoon rains would have a positive impact over the standing major Kharif crops including rice, sugarcane, cotton and other minor crops cultivated over large areas of the country. According to senior officials of the Ministry of Food National Security and Research (MNS&R) and Ministry of Textiles, production of major Kharif crops including rice and sugarcane may increase as these crops require more water relative to other crops.
Thursday, August-11-2016

Engro Fertilizers declares Rs 0.50 EPS for 2Q2016
Engro Fertiliser (EFERT) announced consolidated 2Q2016 earnings of Rs 696m (EPS Rs 0.50) against Rs 3.8bn (EPS Rs 2.8) in the same quarter last year. This result was at par with market consensus estimates, said analysts at Topline Research in a report Wednesday. The result was accompanied by interim dividend announcement of Rs 2/share, which was higher than market expectations.
Thursday, August-11-2016

SBP revises agriculture loan application form
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has revised the Agricultural Loan Application Form to facilitate the farmers. The SBP has announced to categorise Agri Loan Application into two different forms to simplify the lending procedure. One Loan Application Form (LAF-1) has been issued for farmers requesting finance up to Rs 1 million and another Loan Application Form (LAF-2) is for farmers requesting finance above Rs 1 million.
Thursday, August-11-2016

High flood likely in Jhelum at Mangla
The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said sharp peaks of high to very high flood are expected in River Jhelum at Mangla today, while River Indus is in low flood at Kalabagh, Chashma and Guddu Barrage.
Thursday, August-11-2016

New phytase Natuphos introduced
BASF has launched Natuphos E, a new phytase for animal nutrition, in Pakistan. With unprecedented enzyme stability, Natuphos E helps poultry utilize phosphorous and key nutrients more efficiently, bringing a wide range of benefits to the animal feed industry and local farmers.
Thursday, August-11-2016

Islamic finance ideal for agricultural
Islamic Finance provides an ideal mechanism to facilitate agriculture, irrigation and livestock to boost the green economy, stated Muhammad Zubair Mughal, the Chief Executive Officer, AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE).
Thursday, August-11-2016

Plant Breeders's Rights Bill, 2016
National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research on Tuesday unanimously passed the 'Plant Breeders's Rights Bill, 2016 with an aim to encourage the development of new plant varieties and to protect the rights of breeders of new varieties. The committee which met with Malik Shakir Bashir Awan in the chair approved the Plant Breeder's Rights Bill, 2016, and the Bill would be laid before the National Assembly.
Wednesday, August-10-2016

KBP to hold sit-in today
Kissan Board Pakistan (KBP) will be holding a sit-in demonstration in front of the Punjab Assembly building on Wednesday (today) to press the government for accepting the demands of the growers of taking those to task who are depriving the farmers from due return of their crops.
Wednesday, August-10-2016

Banks disburse Rs 598.3 billion agriculture credit
During FY16, banks have made agricultural credit disbursement of Rs 598.3 billion which is almost 100 percent of the overall annual target of Rs 600 billion and 16 percent higher than the disbursement of Rs 515.9 billion made during FY15. It is important to note that despite negative growth of agriculture sector due to a number of real side factors, agri. financing continued its increasing momentum of the last few years.
Tuesday, August-09-2016

Farmers advised growing vegetables on scientific
The Punjab Agriculture Department stressing need for growing vegetables on scientific and commercial lines has advised the farmers to go for sowing early variety of radish which matures in 40 days besides being heat tolerant.
Tuesday, August-09-2016

Flour mills: imposition of 6.5 percent WHT
President, Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Mian Zahid Hussain, has criticised the decision to slap 6.5 percent withholding tax on the turnover of flour mills. The decision will jack up prices of wheat flour by Rs 5 per kg creating unrest among masses, he said. Hussain said that 915 registered and many unregistered mills were doing business of Rs 275 billion, while authorities were eyeing collection of Rs 15 billion as taxes, which was against the Constitution and the national interests.
Tuesday, August-09-2016

High flood in Jhelum, Chenab likely in next 24 hour
The Federal Flood Commission (FFC) has said that a peak of high to very high flood level is expected in River Jhelum at Mangla (Inflow) and high flood in River Chenab at Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad during the next 24 hours.
Monday, August-08-2016

No shortage of wheat, flour in Sindh: Food Minister
Sindh Minister for Food and Parliamentary Affairs Nisar Ahmed Khuhro made it clear that there was no shortage of wheat or flour in Sindh province and they were exporting extra wheat to foreign countries. He was talking to media men at Pipri and Landhi grain godowns here on Wednesday, said a statement.
Monday, August-08-2016

Farmers advised to protect crops, livestock
The Met Office has asked the growers to step up to protect their crops, livestock and other farming properties from heavy rains expected in the next 10 days.
Monday, August-08-2016

Arrangements compeleted at Sohrab Goth Cattle Market
Jahangir Allah Rakha, administrator of the Cattle Market Sohrab Goth has said that citizens will see better facilities this year at the cattle market where 0.3 million animals will be available for sale and purchase. As the Muslims are bracing to buy sacrificial animals for sacrifice during Eidul-Azha, the administration is completing needed arrangements to formally open the market.
Monday, August-08-2016

Water dispute: Govt. all set to write to World Bank, India
Pakistan is all set to write to the World Bank and India to formulate Court of Arbitration (CoA) on 330MW Kishanganga and the under-construction 850MW Ratle hydroelectric projects on Chenab river in Held Kashmir in violation of Indus Water Treaty (IWT) 1960, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. Secretaries of Water and Power of both countries met in New Delhi on July 14-15 to convey their respective positions on the controversial projects as both countries are not ready to go on the back foot.
Monday, August-08-2016

Price cap damaging livestock industry: Experts
Experts of the Dairy Science Park (DSP) have voiced concern over capping the price of meat and milk at much lower rates than the production price.
Monday, August-08-2016

Prices of kitchen items decline slightly
Prices of important daily-use kitchen items, including vegetable, pulses, chicken, fruit, floor, have marginally decreased during the preceding week as compared to last week, according to survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday.
Monday, August-08-2016

Transferring crop management technologies to farmers
Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad Sunday said the crop management technologies could only be transferred to farmers with the active involvement of public-private sector and farmers.
Monday, August-08-2016

Efforts to promote artificial fish breeding
Efforts to promote artificial fish breeding yielding results LAHORE (APP): Efforts of the Punjab Fisheries Department to promote artificial fish breeding have emerged successful.
Monday, August-08-2016

AARI?s virus-free seeds helping farmers
Dr Muhammad Ijaz Tabassum - "We, the plant pathologists of Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), Faisalabad are feeling proud by producing 28,000 kilograms of virus-free seeds of various crops in the province and saving 2. 9 million dollars as foreign exchange of the nation".
Monday, August-08-2016

Research crucial for development of agriculture
Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that the agricultural research is crucial for development of agriculture in the country.
Monday, August-08-2016

Punjab satisfied with cotton crop situation
Secretary Agriculture Punjab Muhammad Mahmood Thursday said that all possible resources were being utilized to achieve the cotton production targets.
Monday, August-08-2016

Government monitoring prices of chemical Fertilizers
Secretary Agriculture Punjab Muhammad Mahmood has assured the growers' community that the government is continuously monitoring the prices of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to ensure their availability on appropriate and prescribed prices.
Wednesday, August-03-2016

JICA shows keen interest in dates cultivation
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has shown keen interest in dates farming particularly the variety of "Ajwa" and camel production in Cholistan and the agency has acknowledged Pakistan's rich potential in fruits production. The Jica delegation members Prof Dr Hirashima, Dr Watanabe, Hamano, Fukinaro, Dr Tominaga and senior programme officer Amir Bokhari visited the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) Multan. The Jica delegation told the MNSUA vice chancellor Prof Dr Rao Asif Ali in the meeting that South Punjab was known for fruits of Mango & dates and livestock production.
Wednesday, August-03-2016

Flood warning for nullahs of Chenab, Ravi
According to latest Meteorological & hydrological conditions, medium to high Flooding is expected in the Nullahs of River Chenab and Ravi during next 24 hours. Low to Medium Level Flooding is also expected in the Hill Torrents of D.G. Khan Division. Flood Warning Centre said on Tuesday that, River Indus at Kalabagh, Chashma and Taunsa is in Low Flood Level. River Chenab is also in low flood at Marala head works near Sialkot. River Kabul is also in low flood at Nowshera.
Wednesday, August-03-2016

Rs 90,976.6m loan disbursed to farmers: ZTBL
Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) disbursed loans of Rs.90,976.6 million during 2015-16 to facilitate farmers and increase agriculture produce.
Wednesday, August-03-2016

Poultry industry suffers Rs43b loss in one year
The poultry industry has suffered a loss of around Rs43 billion in one year and this loss may mount further because the cost is increasing while the sale price is not.
Wednesday, August-03-2016

Fishermen celebrate new fishing season amid fears
As the new fishing season on Monday began but fishermen are in a grip of fears that their working conditions at seas worsen with passing year in the absence of government's effective policy to protect the seafarers. With religious rituals and festivities, the fishermen celebrated the start of a new fishing season at the harbour, islands and coastal areas. Every year, the season begins on August 1 and span till May 31. "This year the fishing ban from June 1 to July 31 remained very effective," fish harbour officials told.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

Climate change responsible for sharp drop in cotton
Heavy rainfall, high temperatures and major pest outbreaks have taken a heavy toll on Pakistan?s cotton growing districts of Punjab and Sindh province this year. Pakistan?s Ministry of Textile Industry has expressed concern over the 28 per cent drop in cotton production during 2015-16 caused by climate change-induced phenomena.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

USAID, Engro sign MoU
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Engro Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday to generate investment opportunities and access to modern information technology for farmers in Punjab. "The MoU signed today, which will be managed through USAID's Punjab Enabling Environment Project, highlights the US government's commitment to support small farmers in Pakistan," USAID Agriculture Specialist Asad Ullah Khan said.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

Tax on milk import unfair
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Sunday expressed serious concern on heavy taxation on local dairy industry and imported milk which has resulted in hike in the price of packaged milk twice in short span. It asked the government to review taxes and take note of the situation as it will hit health of masses, especially babies half of whom are already underfed.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

Pak officials complete USDA training
Around 30 officials of Department of Plant Protection and agriculturalists from across the country attended the two-day (July 30-31) training designed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support Government of Pakistan?s efforts to boost agriculture exports.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

Seminar on olive cultivation
The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) in collaboration with the USAID-assisted Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) organised a training seminar for olive farmers on olive cultivation in the Potohar region on Monday.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

NDMA advised to use "demountable flood barriers" in at-risk areas
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to use technology of ?demountable barriers? in the flood affected areas where other permanent flood barriers are not suitable or can be expensive to install.
Tuesday, August-02-2016

Prices of most important kitchen items witness decline
The prices of most of the essential kitchen items have witnessed a decline during this past week as compared to preceding week, revealed a survey conducted on Saturday. During the week under review prices of most of the pulses witnessed a reduction as mash price reduced from Rs 275 per kg to Rs 240 per kg, moong from Rs 160 per kg to Rs 140 per kg, lobia from Rs 130 per kg to Rs 120 per kg, Masoor from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 140 per kg. However prices of pulse channa increased by Rs 20 per kg from Rs 130 per kg to Rs 150 per kg and Kabali channa from Rs 160 to Rs 190 per kg.
Monday, August-01-2016

Agri & irrigation departments: Murad advised to introduce 'most awaited' reforms
Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) congratulated Syed Murad Ali Shah for assuming office of Chief Minister Sindh and hoped that he would play active role for rehabilitation of agriculture sector and bring the most awaited reforms in irrigation department.
Monday, August-01-2016

Prices of essential commodities stay unchanged
Prices of most of the essential commodities, including pulses, fruit, vegetable, sugar, and flour, remained unchanged during preceding week. A visit of local market revealed that the prices of important kitchen items mostly remained unchanged at both wholesale and retail markets. However, the buyers complained of overcharging by shopkeepers, saying that they were not following the official price list.
Monday, August-01-2016

Export of 0.9 million tons of wheat: government to extend Rs 11.3 billion rebate
The government will extend export rebate of Rs 11.3 billion to the private sector on export of 0.9 million tons of wheat in the regional and international markets to be equally shared by the federal and provincial government, well informed sources in Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Monday, August-01-2016


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