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July 16, 2013

Poor law and order : Demand of dates falls to 35 percent

By Tanveer Sher KARACHI: In the wake of poor law and order situation in Lyari area, trading activities have plunged to more than 35 percent in the Lea Market where the largest dates’ wholesale market of the country is situated. As a consequence, dates traders and importers have suffered colossal financial losses as majority of their stocks is lying unsold in their storage houses giving them sleepless nights. Talking to the scribe, leading dates importers vented their frustration and…

Prices higher amid improved activity on cotton market

July 16, 2013 An upward trend was witnessed on the cotton market on Monday amid improved trading activity, dealers said. The official spot rate was up by Rs 50 to Rs 6,600, they said. In the ready business, nearly 7,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 6600-6700, dealers said. Prices of seed cotton per 40 kg in Sindh and Punjab were unchanged at Rs 3150-3200, they said. Cotton analyst, Naseem Usman said that mills were busy in finalising forward buying, which lifted the rate of…

Agriculture problems and solutions

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Zubair Waheed Rawalpindi: Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan and there is an estimate that about 55 percent of the labor force of the country is associated with this particular segment. There are many problems that are acting as hurdles in the way of developing the agriculture. I am going to highlight some of the major problems of agriculture sector. Firstly the farmers usually don’t have enough capital to purchase the latest machines and recommended seed…

Want a job? Agriculture industry teeming with them

Holding career fairs and recruiting on college campuses are just two of the ways the agriculture industry is working to update its stodgy image and address an alarming shortage of workers. WASHINGTON — U.S. agriculture and food companies are struggling to attract enough workers, a problem the industry concedes is getting worse as innovation and growing demand for their products leads to the creation of thousands of new jobs. Agribusinesses have been working for years to shed their…

Agroecology and Crop Adaptation: Agriculture

M. Materne1 and K.H.M. Siddique Department of Primary Industries, Horsham, Victoria, Australia; 2The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia Lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus ssp. culinaris) is one of the world’s oldest cul- tivated plants. It was domesticated in the ‘Fertile Crescent’ of the Near East over 7000 years ago (see Cubero et al., Chapter 3, this volume). Lentil was introduced into the Indo-Gangetic Plain around 2000 bc and now half of the world’s…

Poultry: ISA opens new state of art PS and GPS hatchery

Jul 16, 2013 ISA Poultry, the layer breeding division of Hendrix Genetics, opened its brand new PS and GPS hatchery in Boxmeer The Netherlands. ISA selected high standard suppliers to create the best possible hatching and biosecurity conditions. The new facility has the capacity to produce 5 million chicks per year. ISA opens new state of art PS and GPS hatchery “Consolidation in the layer breeding business has about come to an end”, said Servé Hermans, managing director of ISA during…

‘Energy Crisis: the way forward’

July 15, 2013 Dr Gulfaraz Ahmed, an alumnus from Stanford University, is an independent energy expert based in Islamabad. Back in the '90s, he held a number of energy sector portfolios in the Government of Pakistan, including Chairman and CEO of OGDCL (1989-94), founding Chairman of Nepra (1995-96), Federal Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources (1996-99), and Member, Nuclear Regulatory Authority. He also represented Pakistan in major energy initiatives, such as the Trans Asia…

Fruits costlier

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - Peshawar—Skyrocketing prices of fruits in wholesale and retail markets have pushing the buyers beyond their purchasing power, as registering an hike of 50 to 70 percent in all varieties fruits during the first week of the holy month of Ramazan. With the beginning of holy month, the vendors have increased prices of almost all varieties of fruits which are commonly used during ‘Iftar’ by the faithfuls, as prices continually surging up in anticipation of high demand…

Electricity debt: Iran agrees to barter wheat

July 16, 2013 Iran has agreed to barter wheat worth $9 million from Pakistan in relation to Pakistan''s debts for electricity supplied by Iran, Iranian Deputy Energy Minister Mohammad Behzad said. It is worth mentioning that the Iranian Plant Protection Organisation had announced earlier that it will not approve the quality of Pakistani wheat. "We just agreed on barter trade of goods in relation to electricity supplies," Behzad said. "The Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade…

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