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July 28, 2012

Rural Development

Pakistan at the moment is passing through a very critical juncture where its sovereignty and dignity is at crossroads. Undoubtedly, the current crises may turn into an opportunity provided the existing rules of business are challenged and a paradigm shift takes place at policy and decision making levels. Current situation also portrays the leadership crisis and dynastic legacy of power elites who have been badly failed to challenge the hegemonic control of capitalistic forces. The time has…

Economy’s backbone

July 28, 2012: Agriculture is the mainstay of our country’s economy. According to Pakistan Economic Survey 2011-12, the agriculture sector is critical for growth, exports, incomes and food security, and for industrialisation. It is the second largest sector of economy and contributes about 21 percent to the GDP, generates productive employment opportunities for 45 percent of the country’s labour force while 60 percent of the rural population depend directly or indirectly on this sector for their…

Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (16th to 22nd July, 2012)

Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (Volume 12, No. 29, 16th to 22nd July, 2012) Monsoon system produced light to moderate rainfall reported from most of the agricultural plains of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, north-eastern & coastal parts of Baluchistan, coastal parts of Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan & Kashmir during the last week During the previous week the highest rainfall recorded at Jhelum as 113.2 mm Extreme maximum temperature recorded as 47°C at Dalbandin (Balochistan) and…

SBP Governor assures textile sector of support

JULY 6, 2012: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) firmly believes in strengthening of textile sector, which is the backbone of the country’s economy. This was stated by Governor SBP Yaseen Anwar during a meeting with the office-bearers and members of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on Wednesday. The SBP Governor said that a special committee would be formed to resolve the issues of the textile industry to make it viable and competitive in the international market. He said that the…

Fungal Blight / Rust on Upland Cotton and its Control

By Shehzad Ahmad Kang Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. Introduction Upland cotton {Gossypium hirsutum (2n = 52}) is cash crop of Pakistan. Majority of industries based on cotton crop, so it is known as back bone of Pak economy. Season 2011-2012 Pakistan produced over 15 million bales (Anonymous, 2011-12). Last year (2011) and current season cotton crop was severely affected by leaf/stem blight or rust. This fungal disease caused…

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