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July 30, 2013

Al Ain ‘Super Cow’ gives 100 litres of milk a day

July 30, 2013 Al Ain 'Super Cow' gives 100 litres of milk a day The prized animal does not even have a name, just a number - 4307 Al A Al Ain Dairy, one of the largest dairy farms in the Middle East, has about 6,000 high yielding cows. But one cow who doesn't even have a name - just number 4307 - is unique. Farmhands affectionately call her 'The Super Cow' According to Al Ain Dairy officials, it is the most productive cow in the company, which can give about 100 litres of milk per day,…

Govt. develop new drought and salt tolerant sugarcane varieties

30th July 2013 Lahore: An area of 400 acres have been allocated by the Government for research and development on Sugarcane to develop new drought and salt tolerant sugarcane varieties. Research is being conducted to improve sugar contents and productivity in sugarcane by importing sugarcane fuzz from Mauritius, West Indies and South Africa. This was stated by Secretary Agriculture, Punjab Dr. Ijaz Munir while presiding over a meeting of sugarcane here at Lahore today. A two member delegation…

ماریشیس، ویسٹ انڈیز اور جنوبی افریقہ سے گنے کی مختلف اقسام کا بیج درآمد

لاہور:(زرعی میڈیا ڈاٹ کام) حکومت کی طرف سے گنے کی زیادہ پیداوار کی حامل نئی اقسام پر تحقیقی سرگرمیوں کے لئے چک جھمرہ فیصل آباد میں 400ایکڑ زمین مختص کی گئی ہے ۔ماریشیس، ویسٹ انڈیز اور جنوبی افریقہ سے گنے کی مختلف اقسام کا بیج (Fuzz) درآمد کرکے مقامی نئی اقسام کی تیاری میں استعمال کیا جا رہا ہے۔ یہ بات سیکرٹری زراعت پنجاب ڈاکٹر اعجاز منیر نے ماریشیس شوگرکین ریسرچ انسٹی ٹیوٹ کے وفد سے ملاقات کے دوران اجلاس کی صدارت کرتے ہوئے کہی۔ اجلاس میں ماریشیس شوگرکین ریسرچ انسٹی ٹیوٹ کے ڈائریکٹر ڈاکٹر سلیم…

Bihar School Deaths Highlight India’s Struggle With Pesticides

India is still reeling from the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in the village of Dharmasati Gandawa in Bihar on July 17 after they ate a free school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the pesticides monocrotophos. The police say that the cooking oil might have been kept in a container that once held the pesticide. The devastating event in Bihar reveals a larger problem in India that stems from the wide use of biocides in myriad forms, in cities and villages, in homes and…

Indian tea prices drop

July 30, 2013 Tea prices in India, the world's second-biggest producer, dropped at last week's auction on a jump in supplies amid moderate demand from local buyers. The CTC (crush-tear-curl) grade was sold at 147.04 rupees ($2.49) per kg, down 1.15 percent from the previous week's auction, while the dust variety was sold at 157.21 rupees per kg, down 4.4 percent. "In last week's auction supplies rose. Tata Global Beverages was active, but HUL (Hindustan Unilever Ltd) was making very…

Cool weather, cloudy skies worrying for Ivory Coast cocoa crop

July 30, 2013 Cloudy skies and cool temperatures across most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions last week fuelled concerns for the early development of the next main crop harvest, farmers said on Monday. While harvesting of the current mid-crop continues, farmers are now closely monitoring the weather to determine whether it will aid or hamper development of the October-to-March main cocoa crop. Farmers have said the setting of flowers and small pods that will become next season's…

Europe’s cocoa butter price ratios up, bean differentials weak

July 30, 2013 Cocoa butter price ratios rose in Europe's cash market this week on steady demand, while bean differentials declined as buyers held back on expectations that large West African crops later this year will lower prices, traders said on Friday. Price ratios for August/December 2013 delivery cocoa butter rose to 2.30 times London cocoa bean contracts against 2.25-2.26 times London last week. "Cocoa butter is in demand as ratios seem to have passed their weakest point this…

US MIDDAY: gold slips

July 30, 2013 Gold slipped on Monday, as investors took profits after three weeks of gains and turned their attention to a US Federal Reserve policy meeting later this week that is widely expected to reaffirm its near-zero interest rate stance. Spot gold eased 0.29 percent to $1,329.44 an ounce by 12:39 pm EDT (1639 GMT). Last week, the precious metal regained the $1,300 level for the first time in a month. It rose 9 percent over the last three weeks. US benchmark gold futures for August…

Gold falls in Europe

July 30, 2013 Gold fell on Monday, as investors took profits after three weeks of gains and attention turned to a US Federal Reserve's meeting later in the week, which is expected to reaffirm its stance to keep interest rates near zero. Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,330.36 an ounce by 1400 GMT, after briefly turning positive earlier. Last week it regained the $1,300 level for the first time in a month. Prices posted a combined 9 percent over the last three weeks. US gold futures for…

India sugar futures flat on sluggish demand

July 30, 2013 Indian sugar futures were flat on Monday as sluggish demand in spot markets and higher inventory offset hopes demand will pick up from mid-August due to festivals. The key August contract on the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange was unchanged at 3,027 rupees ($51.32)per 100 kg at 0833 GMT. The contract has been trading in a narrow range of 3,011 rupees to 3,038 rupees for the seventh straight session. "In spot markets retail demand is weak. We saw few exports…

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