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November 18, 2012

New grant program targets agriculture interests

November 18, 2012 Farmers, agri-businesses and entrepreneurs targeted for new grant program Minnesota agricultural producers and processors may now apply for grants to implement value added projects to their operations. A total of $700,000 in funding was made available through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI), established by the legislature to advance Minnesota’s agricultural and renewable energy industries. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture…

Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology paddy field attracting birds to airport vicinity: Official

Nov 18, 2012 By Riyan Ramanath V, TNN BHUBANESWAR: It is not only animal wastes and trees, but paddy cultivation in the fields adjoining the Biju Patnaik airport runway is also attracting birds posing threat to flights, airport authorities said here on Saturday. The northern end of the 9,000-meter-long expanded runway falls close to a sprawling patch of nearly 62-acre paddy field belonging to the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT). The university uses…

Does chocolate make you clever?

By Charlotte Pritchard Eating more chocolate improves a nation's chances of producing Nobel Prize winners - or at least that's what a recent study appears to suggest. But how much chocolate do Nobel laureates eat, and how could any such link be explained? The study's author, Franz Messerli of Colombia University, started wondering about the power of chocolate after reading that cocoa was good for you. One paper suggested regular cocoa intake led to improved mental function in elderly…

UAF to set up solar power project

FAISALABAD: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) in collaboration with German firm will set up a 500-kilowatt solar power project at UAF. In this regard a detailed joint meeting will be held on November 19 between German firm and the UAF. The German Solar Energy Firm will also provide technical assistance to run the project successfully. Head of German Delegation Fritz Bohmler talking to the university scientists said Germany had great potential to transfer renewable energy technology…

Textile millers warn of protest

November 18, 2012 LAHROE – All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Punjab chairman Shehzad Ali Khan, while expressing concern over massive unannounced power loadshedding of up to 14 hours a day, has announced to launch protest if energy issue was not resolved within a week. He demanded the federal government to take steps to meet the shortage of gas and electricity in the country and save the industry from a total collapse. APTMA Punjab chairman, flanked by group leader Gohar Ejaz,…

Crackdown on fishermen using illegal nets to begin after Muharram

November 18, 2012 Karachi Fish Harbour Authority (KFHA) is likely to begin a crackdown against fishermen using illegal nets, officials said on Saturday. The authority had fixed August 1 as the deadline, urging fishermen to replace their existing nets with the approved ones. The deadline was extended till October 31 after boat owners and fishermen contended they were facing difficulties in acquiring the new nets. Managing Director of the harbour authority Abdul Ghani Jokhio…

PHDEC to set up facilitation booth at D-8 summit

November 18, 2012 Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) is establishing a 'Facilitation Booth' at D-8 Trade Exhibition, a part of D-8 Summit Meeting being held in Islamabad from Monday. The flagship event will be attended by top corporate leaders from Pakistan and other member groups where public and private sector will showcase a wide range of possibilities in joint ventures and investment in agro based industries along with other industries. CEO PHDEC Bashir…

‘Agricultural imbalances should be removed’

November 17, 2012 VARANASI: The three-day 72nd annual conference of the Indian Society of Economics organised by the department of Agricultural Economics, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, began at Swatantrata Bhawan on Saturday. Addressing the inaugural function, member, Planning Commission, Government of India, Dr Narendra Jhadhav focused on the current status of XIIth Five Year Plan emphasizing especially on agriculture. He said the share of agriculture in…

Agriculture secretary Punjab removed

Sunday, November 18, 2012 LAHORE Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmad, Secretary Agriculture Punjab, has been removed from his post. According to official sources, he has been made officer on special duty abruptly. Waseem Mukhtar, Member (Colonies), Board of Revenue, Punjab has been given additional charge of Secretary Agriculture. Official sources said that Mushtaq Ahmad worked as secretary agriculture for less than an year. Many employees of Agriculture Department have not been comfortable…

Forum will spotlight small-scale farming

18 NOV 2012 Leading American NGO will call for more support for Africa's small entrepreneurs and businesses to help drive economic growth Representatives of the leading non-governmental organisation Africare will outline the essential role of civil society, small-scale farming and best practices at this year’s Agribusiness Forum. The pan-African forum entitled Boosting African Agriculture businesses through Partnership, Investment and Technology will provide a platform for civil…

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