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October 11, 2012

France, Germany seal deal on EU farm budget freeze

By Abdul Ahad PARIS, 11 October 2012: Germany and France endorsed a European Commission proposal for a nominal freeze in agricultural spending at 2013 levels from 2014 to 2020 as budget talks for the period enter the final stage, a joint statement said on Wednesday. Germany is the largest contributor to the European Union's budget and France the largest beneficiary of farm subsidies under the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), which consumes about 40 percent of the bloc's total…

Upward trend persists on cotton market

October 11, 2012: Rising trend persisted on the cotton market on Wednesday amid slight fall in trading activity, in the meantime, it is most likely that supply position may ease, which expectedly bring down rates, dealers said. Official spot rate extended overnight gains, picking up more Rs 75 to Rs 5,575, they said. In the ready business, around 18,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 5500-5850, they said. The prices of seed cotton, extended overnight gains, picking up the Punjab…

Agricultural water quotas to increase

Thursday, 11 October: The Water Authority has granted a petition by the Israel's Farmers Federation for increased water quotas in 2013, approving an additional 25 million cubic meters for agriculture. Following the approval, agricultural water quotas will increase from 455M/m³ to 480M/m³. The Water Authority also appropriated 25 million cubic meters for the restoration of dried riverbeds. The Water Authority said that the appropriations were made possible due to a significant…

OECD calls on Indonesia to reform agricultural policy

October 11 2012: The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has called on the Indonesian government to gradually reform its policies on agriculture and horticulture, which remain underdeveloped despite their immense economic potential. Policy reform would help Indonesia attract more investment to develop its agribusiness, which currently accounts for 15 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and 38 percent of employment in the country, the organization said in its…

Agriculture great for local youth

By MARY SMALLSREED October 11, 2012: The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation recently sent about 30 young people, staff and state board members to Washington, D.C., on the Young Agricultural Professionals annual trip. Young professionals with strong leadership potential are hand-selected each year to share their ideas with members of Congress and to learn about international agriculture and how to grow personally and professionally. Trumbull County's own Christen Clemson of Cortland was one of…

London lab issues clean bill of health: National Assembly panel briefed on Australian sheep case

GHULAM ABBAS October 11, 2012: While many questions regarding the health of Australian sheep, their importing procedure, number of missing animals and testing process in the country remained unanswered, London lab, on Wednesday, reportedly cleared the sheep's health. The foreign lab, which was forwarded the samples of the sheep for test, has cleared it saying that the animals were fit for human consumption posing serious questions on some Pakistani labs which earlier reported dangerous…

Cheema chairs PGJDC’s BoD meeting

October 11, 2012: Federal Minister for Production, Anwar Ali Cheema, chaired the meeting of Board of Directors of Pakistan Gem & Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC) in the committee room of Ministry of Production. Federal Secretary Gul Muhammad Rind and chairperson PGJDC Seemen Yousuf Siddique were also present in the meeting. Chief Executive Officer of the company, Bakhtiar, gave detail briefing on the overall performance of the company during last fiscal year. Highlighting the…

Punjab government to enforce tobacco control law

October 11, 2012: The Punjab government is determined to implement the tobacco control law by activating the advertising committee to ban point of sale advertisement and regulating tobacco sale by registering the tobacco shops in the province. This was stated by Advisor to Chief Minister Begum Zakia Shahnawaz while speaking at an advocacy seminar on "Tobacco Deadly in Any Form or Disguise" organised by TheNetwork for Consumer Protection here at a local hotel on Wednesday. Begum Zakia…

PFMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa demands restoration of wheat quota

October 11, 2012: Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday demanded the restoration of wheat quota for flour mills, saying that the provincial government has huge stock of the commodity, which should be released to mills with immediate effect. The meeting of the association was held here in the regional office of PFMA with provincial chairman, Mohammad Naeem Butt in the chair. The meeting was attended by vice presidents and members of the executive…

Supply of edible oil suspended

October 11, 2012: Dozens of loaded tankers are still parked at Port Qasim owing to a continued protest by suppliers against the award of a contract to the National Logistic Cell to transport edible oil across the country, tanker owners said on Wednesday. "There are dozens of loaded tankers standing for the last several days to move out of the port but the rival transport group protestors are disallowing the movement of supplies by force," said spokesman for Ittefaq Oil Tankers and Owners…

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