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November 16, 2012

30 percent of wheat sowing completed in Punjab

November 16, 2012 Over 30 percent wheat sowing has been completed in Punjab whereas the government has fixed a target of 16.8 million acres for this strategic crop sowing to produce 19 million tons wheat during 2012-13 Rabi season, senior officers of agriculture department told Business Recorder here on Thursday. They said Agriculture Department has advised the farmers to use only recommended varieties of wheat to attain maximum output under the "grow more wheat" campaign in the…

Diamer-Bhasha Dam: Wapda implementing master plan

November 16, 2012 Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is implementing a master plan for optimal utilisation of the indigenous water and hydropower resources to supplement water for irrigated agriculture and add a good quantum of low cost hydel electricity to the national grid. Wapda Chairman Raghib Shah expressed these views while addressing a delegation of the 26th Air War Course of Pakistan Air Force War College, Karachi here at Wapda House on Thursday. The…

Urea production: Fertiliser sector faces 2.7 million ton loss in 2012

November 16, 2012 RIZWAN BHATTI Fertiliser manufacturers in Pakistan faced over 2.7 million tons urea production loss in 2012 mainly due to gas curtailment, as they could only produce 4.2 million tons of urea against a total production capacity of over 6.9 million tons per annum. Industry sources told Business Recorder on Thursday that during last five year fertiliser industry invested $2.3 billion in the country based on the government approved policy designed to encourage…

Wheat to be cultivated on 2,724 acres in Gujranwala

November 16, 2012 By Imaduddin SIALKOT: Over 2,724 acres of land would be brought under wheat crop during Rabi season in six districts of Gujranwala division. Official sources in Agriculture department told BR here that under the directives of Punjab government special steps had been taken for enhancement of productivity and get maximum yield of the crop through farm mechanisation in six districts of the division. District-wise sowing target of wheat is as Gujrat 391.161 acres,…

FAP for Rs 1400 per 40kg wheat support price

November 16, 2012 Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) has recommended the government to fix the wheat support price around Rs 1,400 per 40 kilograms for the next crop, warning that in other case farmers may go for other crops which fetch more profit. This was disclosed at FAP's 121st meeting held here the other day chaired by Afaq Ahmad Tiwana (CEO) along with President Dr Tariq Bucha. The meeting basically discussed the emerging importance of Biotech crops to resolve future requirements…

Duty-free imports: Farmers fear they will lose in import deal with India

November 16, 2012 By Zafar Bhutta ISLAMABAD:  The prime minister’s secretariat has raised serious reservations regarding a list of agriculture items importable from India through land routes, signalling concerns that granting the Most Favourite Nation (MFN) status to India was done without proper cost-benefit analysis of its impacts on Pakistan’s economy. Opening land trade routes for Indian agricultural goods is being pushed by the Foreign Office, which has made the measure a part…

Agriculture Secretary urges “reform-minded” farm bill

November 14, 2012 WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday urged Congress to break a logjam and pass a reform-minded farm bill, but two lobbyists said the deadlocked $500 billion bill may not be enacted for months, or even a year. Vilsack, who is expected to stay at USDA for at least the start of President Barack Obama's second term, told Reuters the department "would do everything we can" to implement a new farm bill in time for the 2013 harvest next fall.…

Russian team examines quarantine standards

November 16, 2012 After a warning of ban in export of Pakistani fruits and vegetables to Russia for not meeting quarantine standards, Russian officials led delegation has visited Pakistan to inspect growing facilities and plants here. The officials of Russian Quarantine department have visited facilities in Punjab during the last couple of days and they would be visiting/inspecting the same in Sindh, sources told Business Recorder. Russian government, which tried to tighten the noose…

South African farm workers defy calls to end strike

November 16, 2012 Striking South African farm workers resisted a government call to return to work Thursday and demanded action against police over the death of one of their colleagues during clashes. A day after a 28-year-old was killed in clashes with police and the government heralded a deal to end the week-long farm workers strike, police said the situation remained "volatile." Unrest was reported in multiple towns and villages across the agricultural belt, not far from Cape Town.…

Rotterdam vegetable oil prices

November 16, 2012 Thursday's Rotterdam vegetable oil prices at 1700 GMT. SOYOIL EU degummed: euro tonne fob ex-mill November 2012 872.00 -8.00 December 2012 872.00 -8.00 January 2013 876.00 -9.00 February 2013/April 2013 880.00 -10.00. RAPEOIL Dutch/EU: euro tonne fob ex-mill February 2013/April 2013 920.00 +2.00 May 2013/July 2013 920.00 +2.00 August 2013/October 2013 910.00 +0.00. SUNOIL EU: dollars tonne ex-tank six ports option January 2013/March 2013 1225.00 +7.50 April…

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