Yearly Archives

2010

Flood-hit farmers’ protest today

ISLAMABAD (December 31, 2010): A large number of farmers demanding a comprehensive post-flood agricultural rehabilitation package from the government, will stage a protest on December 31 (Friday). ActionAid in solidarity with Pakistan Kissan Ittehad (PKI) and Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) would raise voice to support thousands of flood-hit food growers. The small land-holder farmers from Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan would come together at China…

First winter rain gives boost to rabbi crops

By: M RAFIQUE GORAYA LAHORE (December 31, 2010) : The widespread two-day rains in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa have given boost to wheat, lintels, grams, oil seeds, fodder , vegetables and maize crops, agriculture experts told Business Recorder here on Thursday. Director General Agriculture Extension Services, Dr Anjum Ali said that the two provinces have got exactly what they needed most, ie rain at a time when irrigation canals have been closed for the month long annual repairs and…

27 % agri credit disbursement target achieved

RIZWAN BHATTI KARACHI (December 31, 2010) : Commercial and Specialised banks have achieved 27 percent target of agricultural credit disbursement during first five months of current fiscal year 2010-2011 (FY11). However, year on year basis the disbursement during the period has posted a decline of 10 percent. In absolute terms, disbursement of credit to the agriculture sector decreased by Rs 7.95 billion to Rs 73.157 billion in July-Nov, 2010 when compared with total disbursement of Rs…

Pakistan rice exports may hit 4 MT in 2010/11-trade

ISLAMABAD, 30th November, 2010: Pakistan’s top rice export body said on Tuesday it aims to export 4 million tonnes in fiscal year 2010/11, about 1 million tonnes more than previous estimates made after destructive floods in August. Irfan Ahmed Sheikh, chairman of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP), said total rice production would be nearly 6 million tonnes. A senior food ministry official on Tuesday, however, low-balled REAP’s estimate and said output would be about 5…

PHDEC sets export target for kinnow

Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) has set a target for exporting 300,000 metric tonnes of kinnow during the year 2010-11 as against the exports of around 250,000 metric tonnes registered during the last year. The export target of kinnow was set during a meeting with the exporters and other stakeholders at a meeting arranged at Bhalwal by the company. Pakistan produced 2.1 million tonnes of citrus last year whereas crop for the ensuing season is estimated to be…

Timely availability of agriculture-inputs essential: FAO

TAHIR AMIN ISLAMABAD (September 30 2010): Timely availability of critical agriculture inputs will be essential to prevent drastic losses in yield, says the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). According to the executive brief on Pakistan released by FAO, the organisation has received 20.5 million dollars against the requested amount of 107 million dollars under the revised PFERP to assist flood affected people by providing seed, livestock, fisheries and forestry…

Need to maintain wheat production, reserves emphasised

LAHORE (September 28 2010): Besides achieving self-sufficiency in wheat production, Pakistan should also maintain its reserves to tackle food problems during natural calamities. This was stated by Dr Noor-ul-Islam, Director General Agriculture (Research), AARI while addressing a meeting of agricultural scientists, held to finalise Annual Research Programme of Wheat 2010-2011. Dr Noor-Ul-Islam emphasised importance of incorporating valuable viewpoint from various quarters while finalising…

Ban on gur export to Afghanistan sought: government asked to import 0.5 million tons of raw sugar for mills

AAMIR MAJEED KARACHI (September 28 2010): The Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has asked the government to import 500,000 tons of raw sugar and impose complete ban on export of gur (raw sugar) to overcome likely sugar crisis in the country. In a letter, exclusively available to Business Recorder, PSMA Chairman Iskander M Khan has requested the Planning Commission to allow import of 500,000 tons of raw sugar and impose a ban on export of gur for avoiding another crisis. He…

Generating funds to open LCs: TCP directed to auction 50,000 tons of sugar in open market

MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN ISLAMABAD (September 28 2010): The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has been directed by the federal government to auction 50,000 tons of imported sugar in the open market to generate funds for opening of letters of credit (LCs) for the remaining contracted quantity of sugar, sources close to Secretary, Industries, told Business Recorder here on Monday. There are apprehensions in government circles that 'influential groups' ie sugar mill owners or stockists, may…

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