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April 8, 2013

So Called Agriculture Country In Food Crisis. WHY?

By  Zaib Altaf Pakistan has rich and vast natural resource base, covering various ecological and climatic zones. About 27 percent of Pakistan’s total land area is under cultivation. Agriculture accounts 21 percent of GDP and employs 41 percent of labor force. Agriculture is a vital sector of Pakistan’s economy. The Agriculture sector directly supports the three-quarters of country’s population, employs half the labor force, and contributes a large share of foreign exchange earnings.…

Export of government wheat remains unviable at current rate: USDA

08th April 2013 NEW DELHI: Amid relative slowdown in demand, the export of government wheat will remain unviable unless the mandated floor price is brought down, a latest report of the USDA said. Last month, the Centre had allowed export of additional 5 million tonne wheat (of 2011-12 crop) from its godowns via private trade to ease storage burden. The export allocation was to be done via bidding process with floor price set at USD 274 per tonne (Rs 14,800) plus 12.5 per cent state…

Pakistan: Priorities for Agriculture and Rural Development

Pakistan (Urdu: اسلامی جمہوریۂ پاكِستان‎), is a sovereign country in South Asia. More than two-thirds of Pakistanis live in rural areas, of which about 68 percent are employed in agriculture (40 percent of total labor force). The agriculture sector accounts for about 22 percent of the national GDP and has enjoyed steady growth for almost three decades, substantially contributing to poverty reduction during the 1970s and 80s. However, recent trend of agriculture incomes is far less…

China Buys 1 Million Tons U.S. Wheat After Price Drops

08th April 2013 China, the world’s biggest consumer of wheat, bought almost 1 million metric tons from the U.S. as prices slumped 30 percent from a four-year high reached in July, state-owned researcher grain.gov.cn said. Wheat jumped as much as 1.4 percent after the news. The country on April 4 ordered 14 to 16 cargoes of so- called soft red winter wheat to be shipped from the Gulf of Mexico in the second half, the Beijing-based researcher wrote in a report today. Panamax-sized…

Pakistani rice, wheat, mangoes popular in Malaysia: Bakhtawari

08th April 2013 KAULA LUMPUR (Online): ICCI President Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari has highlighted good quality, affordable Pakistani agricultural product like rice, wheat, mangoes having great demand in Malaysian markets. While leading a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) to National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM), he also stressed that there was a dire need to increase export of Pakistani products to Malaysia, which would further improve…

This summer season, expect a mango deluge

08th April 2013 If you have a strong liking for the king of fruit, there is good news for you. Thanks to a bountiful harvest in the mango belt of the western districts in the State, vendors of the fruit in the city are in a sanguine mood, expecting huge consignments of mangoes in the coming weeks. What’s more, some of them predict a lower price than last year. If the oil companies don’t tinker with fuel prices, that is. According to several vendors at the Anna Fruit Market in…

36 wheat procurement centres set up in Sargodha Division

08th April 2013 BHAKKAR - Commissioner Sargodha division Shoukat Ali said a transparent method would be adopted to procure wheat from farmers so that maximum wheat would be purchased directly from them. Talking to APP, he said food coordinators had also been appointed on purchasing centers in the division. He said a target of purchasing wheat was 336,500 tons this year and 36 procurement centers had been set up, including 13 in Sargodha, 14 in Bhakkar, six in Mianwali and three in…

Agriculture clinic in city tastes success

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM 08th April 2013 A city-based agriculture clinic, ‘Tabs Green Tech’, gives you a chance to develop an interest in agriculture and extend vegetable farming to household rooftops. The agri clinic in the city provides consultation for those interested in farming. The efforts of a retired agricultural officer, along with the State Horticulture Department, on various agricultural projects have been tasting success all these years. Their latest project is the launch of…

Allendale Inc. Releases Supply & Demand Pre-Report Estimates

08 April 2013 ANALYSIS - Allendale, Inc., an agricultural brokerage and consulting firm in the Chicago area, predicts USDA will lower corn feed and residual use in their release of the World Agricultural Supply & Demand Estimates on April 10, 2013 at 11:00 am CST, writes Sarah Mikesell, TheCropSite senior editor. Corn Allendale analysts expect feed and residual use will be lowered from 200 to 400 million bushels in this report in reaction to the recent negative Grain Stocks…

Biological control of natural enemies: Bio-Technology

Biological control is a method of controlling pests (including insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases) using other living organisms. It relies on predation, parasitism, herbivory, or other natural mechanisms, but typically also involves an active human management role. It can be an important component of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. There are three basic types of biological pest control strategies: importation (sometimes called classical biological control), augmentation and…

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