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April 3, 2013

Relay cropping: Breakthrough to improve soil, air and water quality

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 UNDER THE circumference of global warming and climate change, emanations of various gases seem to have played most destructive role in changing climate. In agriculture, so-called chemical fertilizers or synthetic hormones are considered most effective candidates for instant availability of nutrients. However, complete utilization or uptake by plants is still a question. Not all amounts of available nutrients are used by the plant then where they go. Excess nutrients…

Water wars, sugarcane and the adaptability of big cats

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 Jay Mazoomdaar It makes for fascinating stories when large carnivores, such as tigers and leopards, cope with changes we make to natural landscapes. It makes for fascinating stories when large carnivores, such as tigers and leopards, cope with changes we make to natural landscapes. While the amazing adaptability of these animals helps them make the most of such situations, the stories more often than not end in tragedies. As Maharashtra faces its worst…

Fruits have more importance for good health

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 By Shehzad Ahmad Kang Fruits had big importance for good health. They create resistance and powerful immune system because the presence of vitamins, macro and micro nutrients which are essential for health full human body. Different fruits have different types of nutrients e.g. Ca, Fe, Zn.Mn, Mg, Cu. etc. and differeny vitamins i.e. A, B or complex, C,D & K. Description of different fruits are available in given picture. Copyright:…

Mango sector gets P15m

By Anna Leah G. Estrada The Agriculture Department allocated P15 million to support the initiatives of a national mango farmer’s group in boosting production this year. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the amount would finance the projects of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. The budget would support planting of recommended mango seedlings, provision of post-harvest equipment and facilities, marketing assistance and capacity-building of PMIFI members, especially…

Agriculture the Key to Real Stock Portfolio Growth?

By: Profit_Confidential If you’ve ever been into horses, you know that you can spend as much money as you’ve got—and plenty more—on their care. Personally, I like draft horses; Clydesdales, in particular. But the thing about a draft horse is that it can eat a lot of food. And during the drought last year, hay costs soared. Agriculture, as an investment theme, is consistently on my mind, but it is a stock market sector that is limited. The marketplace is dominated by only a handful of…

Emirati Life: organic food is healthy for farmers and consumer

April 03, 2013 The existence of an organic movement first became apparent to me in the late 1990s while living in California. Produce with organic labelling and farmers' markets touting all-organic foods began sprouting up in every neighbourhood. Believing that the organic alternative provided more nutritious and environmentally friendly products, an increasing number of consumers sought them out. As organic products came at a significantly higher price than their standard counterparts,…

Wheat up for 2nd day on demand hopes, corn extends losses

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 SINGAPORE: Chicago wheat rose for a second consecutive session on Wednesday as short covering and expectations of strong demand underpinned the market, after prices slid to a nine-month low earlier this week on worries about higher US supplies. Corn stretched losses into a fourth straight session and was languishing around its lowest since late June, pressured by last week's US Department of Agriculture report that showed bigger stockpiles of the grain in the…

Farming with a smartphone Mobile technology has agricultural applications

April 3, 2013 After calling Mother Nature for more than a year and a half to end the drought, area farmers are trying a different option: their cell phones. The farmer who’s tired of waiting for rain can now water his field from a smartphone. That’s the type of technology GPS Services in Adams now distributes to farmers. The millenniums-old concept of irrigation has gone wireless. Owner Lynn Lagerstedt considered offering new irrigation pivot units through his business for more than…

Irsa begins filling Tarbela, Mangla dams

April 03, 2013 M RAFIQUE GORAYA The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) has started filling the two main reservoirs, Tarbela dam on the River Indus and Mangla dam, on the River Jhelum as water flows in the four live rivers has started increasing following rise in temperature in the upper regions. According to April 2 report of rivers' flows and reservoirs level of Wapda, water inflow in the River Indus has gone up to 26,100 cusecs at Tarbela dam against the downstream outflow of…

Slight improvement in activity on cotton market

April 03, 2013 Slight improvement was witnessed on the cotton market on Tuesday as needy mills continued buying to meet the urgent needs, dealers said. The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 6,900, they said. Rates of seed cotton in Sindh were unchanged at Rs 2,200 and 2,800, and in Punjab prices were also inert at Rs 2,200-3,100, they said. In the ready business, around 4,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 5,850 and Rs 7,000, they said. Some brokers said that millers…

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