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December 13, 2012

Effect of garlic supplementation in poultry diets

Poultry researchers and nutritionists are looking for viable alternative feed additives since conventional supplements have been criticised for their potential negative impact on the food chain. RU Khan, Z Nikousefat, V Tufarelli, S Naz, M Javdani and V Laudadio Among the currently available poultry feed additives, natural herbs and plants have been widely advocated due to their reported widespread beneficial effects. Garlic (Allium sativum) is one such potential feed supplement which…

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MFN status to India: farmers threaten to block border trade

December 13, 2012 MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN Farmers on Wednesday rejected the government's decision to grant Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India and threatened to physically block Indian imports at Wagha border unless the government reviewed its decision to phase out negative list to be implemented from January. The Commerce Ministry is set to submit a summary to the Federal Cabinet on normalisation of trade with India and phasing out of the negative list. Acting Secretary Commerce…

TCP needs Rs 17 billion for sugar procurement

December 13, 2012 RIZWAN BHATTI The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) will require some Rs 17 billion financing from banks for procurement of 0.33 million tons white refined sugar. The Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Tuesday asked the state-run grain trader to procure some 330,000 tons of sugar from domestic sugar mills, which are facing financial crunch followed by decline in the commodity prices and slow sales. Following the directives of the ECC, the…

Sugar millers accused of exploiting growers

December 13, 2012 Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) has alleged that the sugar mills in Punjab in violation of Sugarcane Act are buying the sugarcane from growers on price less than the support price fixed by the provincial government at Rs 170 per maund. Reacting on information, KBP President Sardar Zafar Hussein said that the mills were not paying the minimum purchase price due to which sugarcane growers had to suffer loss of millions of rupees. He said that these mills were also…

Meeting on goods transports’ strike: TDAP ignores fruit/vegetable sector

December 13, 2012 Trade Develop-ment Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), which finally called a meeting of exporters to address the transporters strike, has ignored fruit and vegetable sector, the worst hit commodities of the ongoing strike. In the meeting, which was held to resolve the issue, there was no exporter from fruit and vegetables sector, who were later forced to hold a press conference on Wednesday against the strike. According to officials of Pakistan Fruit and…

PTA announces MIP for tobacco crop 2013

December 13, 2012 Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) has announced Minimum Indicative Prices (MIP) for the tobacco crop 2013. The decision was made in the 139th meeting of the Pakistan Tobacco Board held here in the PTB Head Office. The meeting endorsed the findings of the Special Committee on the Cost of Production and the Prices and Grade Revision Committee with regard to the Minimum Indicative Prices (MIP) for the tobacco crop 2013. The meeting has approved a price of Flue Cured…

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa growers reject new prices of tobacco

December 13, 2012 AMJAD ALI SHAH Growers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have out-rightly rejected the new prices of Virginia tobacco fixed by Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB) for next season at Rs 141/kg, and warned that the agitation movement against unfair prices would further intensify in the province. "We had demanded of the board and multi-national companies to fix tobacco prices proposed by the committee of ministry of national food security and research with minimum Rs 250 per/kg, but the…

Rotterdam vegetable oil prices

December 13, 2012 Wednesday's Rotterdam vegetable oil prices at 1700 GMT. SOYOIL EU degummed: euro tonne fob ex-mill January 2013 900.00 -11.00 February 2013/April 2013 905.00 -13.00 May 2013/July 2013 875.00 -20.00. RAPEOIL Dutch/EU: euro tonne fob ex-mill February 2013/April 2013 910.00 -5.00 May 2013/July 2013 910.00 -5.00 August 2013/October 2013 900.00 -5.00. SUNOIL EU: dollars tonne ex-tank six ports option January 2013 unquoted February 2013/March 2013 1257.50 -2.50 April…

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