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December 20, 2012

What do we want? Nutrition sensitive agriculture! How do we incentivise it? No clue

19 DECEMBER 2012 BY LAWRENCE HADDAD The past month has seen three important publications on nutrition-sensitive agriculture. First, a paper from Anna Herforth, Andrew  Jones and Per Pinstrup Andersen,  commissioned by the World Bank.   This paper develops 8 "Guiding Principles for Operational Investments" for prioritising nutrition in agriculture and rural development.  There are many sensible things in here (not surprising given the calibre of the authors) and it is a good menu of…

Growers warned of post-rain mites’ attack

December 20, 2012 Agriculture experts have warned the growers against mites' attack on roots of cultivated plants in the aftermath of rains. In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said mites usually attack crops including gram, chilli, tomato, cucumber, melon, etc. Mites attack when the soil receives moisture after rain: They develop tunnels in the soil causing roots of the plants to get dry, explained the experts. Fresh animal waste should…

Reduction in tax rate on sugar supplies: LHC sets aside FBR circular

December 20, 2012 The Lahore High Court has set aside a circular issued by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) about reduction in the rate of input sales tax on local supplies of sugar. The court observed that in the instant case the petitioners were not making any non taxable supply but the entire supply of sugar was taxable; however, at a reduced rate. Declaring the impugned circular legally infirm/incorrect, the court held that the reduction in the rate of sales tax by 50 percent…

CJP raises question about exemption to TCC

December 20, 2012 KHUDAYAR MOHLA Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday queried about the law under which an exemption was granted to Tethyan Copper Company (TCC). Khalid Anwar, the counsel for TCC, contended that investment by a major international player with the objective of benefiting the local people provided a golden opportunity to Balochistan. The Chief Justice observed that TCC was registered in USA not in Pakistan and asked about the clauses of Balochistan…

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