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September 2, 2013

Ten Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun

By Colleen Vanderlinden When most people picture a vegetable garden, they imagine a spot that bakes in the sun all day. For some vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash, this is the ideal site. What if we want to grow vegetables, but don't have a site like this "ideal" one available? There are plenty of vegetables that will grow well without full sun. Those of us who have shade can grow vegetables, too. Basically, a good rule to remember is that if you grow a plant for the…

Commonwealth General Scholarship Program-2014

Government of Pakistan Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC Division) Commonwealth General Scholarship Program-2014 Test DATE 29 September, 2013 Last DATE of Submission of Applications 11 September, 2013 Fully Funded Scholarship

Innovations and Cooperation for World Water Week

The U.N. General Assembly declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. And the theme of this year’s World Water Week, September 1st-September 7th, is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” This week, scientists, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers all over the world will convene at the Stockholm International Water Institute in Sweden to discuss new research and developments in water conservation – and most importantly, what needs to be done to ensure the protection…

Methodology of Crop Estimate

Punjab Acreage Estimate: The 1st and 2nd Estimates of area sown under 12 major crops are arrived at through Sample Surveys undertaken by the Directorate of Crop Reporting Service, Punjab. The final estimates of area sown under all crops are based on complete enumeration (Girdawari) of all Mouzas carried out by Patwaris of Revenue Department twice a year. The information gathered by Patwaris is passed on by the Revenue Department to the Provincial Bureau of Statistics for preparation…

Golden rice myths

There has been a lot of misinformation and just plain propaganda about Golden Rice (GR) put out in the last week or so. It is stunning that so many are talking about this topic with out even a basic understanding of the real issues. Bottom line, there are clear unanswered questions on basic efficacy and safety of GR. Here are some of the basic issues. First, both GR 1 and GR 2 (released in 2005) are Japonica rices. For those that don't know, there are basically two subspecies of Oryza…

Pakistan producing 6.16m ton rice annually

September 02, 2013 FAISALABAD : About 438m ton rice is produced in the world Pakistan produces 6.16 million ton rice annually. A spokesman for the agriculture department told that Pakistan was exporting 3.75m ton rice every year. He said more than 4,198,456 acre land was brought under rice cultivation in Punjab last year which produced 3,460,123 ton. “The Rice Research Institute is developing new varieties which will not only have strong resistance against bacterial leaf blot disease but…

Agriculture, food security: draft of policy to be presented to Prime Minister anytime soon: minister

ZAHID BAIG Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said on Saturday that draft of agriculture and food security policy has been prepared and will soon be submitted to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for final approval. "A presentation on agriculture and food security policy will be given to the premier in two weeks' time and afterward it will be made public," Bosan said while talking to newsmen at the sidelines of a seminar on 'how business…

47 As in O, A levels: Pakistani student beats world record

September 02, 2013 ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani student, Haroon Tariq, has broken the current world record by securing a total of 47 As in his International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) O Level and A Level exams from the University of Cambridge International Examinations. His subjects spanned both the humanities and sciences including Human and Social Biology, Islamic Religion and Culture, Physics, Chemistry and Global Development. A student of Froebel’s International…

Sowing the seeds of sustained growth

By Hu Yongqi Agricultural cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expected to get more impetus from the increased seeds and technology exchanges between the two sides in the next few years, experts said. Long Jiang, director of the Yunnan Provincial Science and Technology Department, said that the agriculture technology transfer agreement signed between the two sides in 2002 would be the framework for future agricultural cooperation and for…

Sowing and Transplanting Period of Off-season Vegetables

Following are the sowing and transplanting period of selected off-season vegetables with “plant to plant” and “row to row” distance: Irrigation In severe summer irrigation to vegetables is required after every 5 - 7 days depending on the type of soil, whereas in December, January light water is required after 15-21 days. The quantity of water can be changed keeping in mind the climatic conditions. In water shortage areas the best way of irrigation is drip irrigation.  Drip irrigation…

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