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April 17, 2013

Rice institute introduces salt-tolerant variety

Munawar Hasan Wednesday, April 17, 2013 LAHORE: Farmers are set to reclaim salt-ravaged land, thanks to a single rice plant born of two unlikely parents that is spawning a new generation of rice that has double the salinity tolerance, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said on Tuesday. “This will make saline-stricken rice farms in coastal areas usable,” said lead scientist Dr Kshirod Jena of the Irri. “These farmlands are usually abandoned by coastal farmers because the…

Cotton Spot Rates

April 17, 2013 Official KCA spot rates for local dealings in Pakistan rupees on Tuesday (April 16, 2013). =========================================================================== The KCA Official Spot Rate for Local Dealings in Pak Rupees --------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR BASE GRADE 3 STAPLE LENGTH 1-1/32" --------------------------------------------------------------------------- MICRONAIRE VALUE BETWEEN 3.8 TO 4.9 NCL…

Challenges and control of Avian Influenza

April 17, 2013 Dr. Khalid Naeem & Dr. Muhammad Akram Muneer Animal Science Institute, NARC, Pak Road, Islamabad Avian Influenza (AI) is a highly contagious disease of poultry having significant impact on the survival and economy of livestock farmers. In Pakistan, AI caused by many types of an H7N3 type virus (AIV) was first diagnosed in 1994 in the poultry flocks housed in the hilly areas of Islamabad, Abbtabad, Murree and Mansehra. Later on this disease spread to…

Agriculture and poverty

FOR those of us who live in urban areas, the depths of poverty can be measured, for instance, by what a typical urban-poor family eats. In most cases, it’s just rice and vegetables, or fish, for lunch or dinner. The desperately poor make do with rice and salt, or its variant, rice and soy sauce. That’s what they can afford from scavenging from garbage dumps for recyclables, which gives them, on a good day, about P100, more or less. Still, others make do with eating pagpag, or scrap chicken…

Palm oil ends flat

April 17, 2013 Malaysian palm oil futures ended flat on Tuesday, as a recent commodities rout that dented investors' appetite for riskier assets offset earlier gains on bargain hunting. The weak sentiment spread to the vegetable oil markets, with palm oil falling to a low of 2,281 ringgit per tonne on Monday - its weakest since December, and the most active Dalian soybean oil contract tumbling to the lowest since its initiation. "The market is quiet today due to uncertain factors in…

Rotterdam vegetable oil prices

April 17, 2013 Tuesday's Rotterdam vegetable oil prices at 1600 GMT. SOYOIL EU degummed: euro tonne fob ex-mill April 2013 unquoted May 2013 832.00 -13.00 June 2013/July 2013 832.00 August 2013/October 2013 835.00 -10.00. RAPEOIL Dutch/EU: euro tonne fob ex-mill May 2013/July 2013 854.00 -9.00 August 2013/October 2013 848.00 -10.00 November 2013/January 2014 855.00 -8.00. SUNOIL EU: dollars tonne ex-tank six ports option May 2013 1190.00 June 2013 1195.00 +0.00 July…

Cotton market: spot rate falls amid slow trade

April 17, 2013 Prices dropped on the cotton market on Tuesday amid slow trading activity following the steep fall in the world commodities, dealers said. The official spot rate was lower by Rs 100 to Rs 6,700, they said. Rates of seed cotton in Sindh were unchanged at Rs 1800 and Rs 2,400, while in Punjab prices showed no change at Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,500, they said. In the ready business, nearly 3,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 6,400 and Rs 6,800, they said. Experts were…

International livestock, dairy congress begins from today

April 17, 2013 Pakistan Veterinary Medical Association and Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab is holding a two-day 'international livestock, dairy and poultry' congress in Lahore from April 17-18. The objective of this congress is to ensure food security and promote livestock and poultry industry in the country. The 300 national and international experts will be participated in the congress. Different stakeholders, academia, scientists, poultry farmers, medicine…

Pakistan, Iran yet to finalise wheat barter trade deal

April 17, 2013 MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN Pakistan and Iran have yet to finalise barter trade deal on wheat and rice in lieu of electricity and iron ore because of issues in mode of payment, well informed sources told Business Recorder. The sources said Iranian authorities have accepted samples of Pakistan wheat and rice but payment mechanism has not been finalised. The sources said Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet considering the summary of Ministry of National Food…

Wheat procurement drive to begin from April 20

April 17, 2013 Secretary Food Punjab Azam Suleman has assured the growers' organisations that they will be kept constantly on board during the forthcoming wheat procurement drive to resolve the problems faced by the farmers. He was talking to representatives of different growers' organisations here on Tuesday. He said that wheat procurement drive will start from April 20, 2013. He assured that gunny bags would be issued to the farmers on merit and small growers will be issued bardana…

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