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May 30, 2013

Food Justice: Monsanto, Factory Farming, and Beyond

“In nature's economy, the currency is not money, it is life.” - Vandana Shiva On May 25, 2013, millions marched against Monsanto across the globe. I took part here in New York City, of course, and was fortunate to have the opportunity to lead a teach-in called: “Food Justice, GMOs, & the Vegan Option (Eat Like a Revolutionary).” The ostensible goals of this event included: Present GMOs as much more than a single issue. Suggest that GMOs offer a powerful entry point for…

Pakistani economy to take off soon

Thursday, 30 May ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's High Commissioner in Singapore Syed Hasan Javed has stated that time has arrived for Pakistani economy to take off with the help of the People's Republic of China and other trusted friends. He expressed these views while addressing a group of prominent Pakistani Expatriate Investors at his Embassy Residence, said a message received here from Singapore. The ambassador said that being the last major untapped market with rich resource and…

A cry for help: water blocked

I RETIRED from the Pakistan Army in 1999 as lieutenant-colonel. I own three acres of agricultural land in Deh Jamshoro, Qasimabad, Hyderabad. I irrigate this land through government-sanctioned watercourse L-8 on Fasadi Wah. A builder in connivance with the office of the Mukhtiarkar, Qasimabad, has illegally constructed a housing scheme between my land and Fasadi Wah and usurped the watercourse L-8 and buried it. This has resulted in the drying of my land, besides having other negative…

Development of rural milk producers

USAID’s Entrepreneurs Project signs MoU with 2 cos ISLAMABAD: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Entrepreneurs Project signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Shakarganj Food Private Limited and Hashoo Foundation with the aim to further promote economic development of rural milk producers in the dairy sub-sector. The Entrepreneurs Project, which is implemented by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is training over 70,000 rural…

Cotton market: mills take interest in fresh buying

May 30, 2013 Mills took interest in fresh buying on the cotton market on Wednesday, dealers said. The official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 6,400, they said. In ready business, about 2500 bales of cotton sold between Rs 5635-6600, dealers said. Commenting on the latest development in the market, cotton analyst, Naseem Usman said that seed cotton arrivals and monsoon rains are expected early, but in Punjab rains and phutti arrivals may delay. Other brokers said that mills were taking…

Indian wheat seen higher as arrivals fall

May 30, 2013 Indian wheat futures are likely to stay higher this week as arrivals of the new season wheat are gradually winding down, with the government buying up the bulk of the grain brought to wholesale markets by farmers. On Wednesday, the most-active wheat contract for June delivery ended 0.57 percent up at 1,593 rupees per 100 kg on the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange. India is set to produce 93.62 million tonnes of wheat in 2013, the farm ministry said in a forecast…

Focus on rainwater harvesting stressed

May 30, 2013 Khalid Malik RAWALPINDI - Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad, Vice Chancellor (VC) Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), has said that it was high time that we should collaborate for change and uplift of the arid region as isolated working of different R&D organizations of Agriculture Department based at Rawalpindi might not be too productive. He emphasized that our focus should be on rainwater harvesting, water resource development and…

US awards over 400 scholarships for teacher education

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - Karachi—The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded over 200 scholarships to future educators, bringing the total number of scholarships awarded in Sindh under the USAID’s Teachers Education Program to over 400. The ceremony was presided over by Michael Dodman, Consul General, U.S. Consulate Karachi, who was joined by Fazlullah Pechuho, the Additional Chief Secretary, Education, Government of Sindh, university vice…

Pakistan to suffer 2.2 million ton wheat shortfall

Salman Siddiqui Thursday, May 30, 2013 KARACHI: Pakistan is set to miss its wheat production target by a significant 2.2 million tons, the Agri forum of Pakistan (AFP) said on Wednesday The country produced a total of 22.8 million tons of wheat in the ongoing fiscal year 2013 – 2.2 million less than the set target of 25 million tons for the year, according to AFP. http://zaraimedia.com "The wheat production shortfall was mainly booked from the province of Punjab that harvested…

Budget 2013-14 without new taxes demanded

Thursday, May-30-2013 LAHORE: No new taxes should be introduced in the next fiscal year in the coming budget but the government should focus to collect existing tax properly so that revenue collection could be improved while non-development expenditures, including the President and Prime Minister Secretariats, tax exemption culture eradicated and equal taxation system to everyone imposed. These views were expressed by the discussants in Jang Economic Session on ‘What should be new budget…

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