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Whether you are a farmer or a small business operating in the agriculture industry, the New Agricultural Technology provides knowledge in the areas of: Development, Research, Information and technology transfer, Evaluation…

Agricultural development: Water management techniques shared

October 29, 2014 ISLAMABAD(Express): Alumni of an on-farm water management training programme shared their experiences, lessons and advanced farming techniques at a media event on Tuesday. Organised by the USAID, the training aimed to impart skills to 32 progressive farmers and public-sector representatives involved in managing or selling efficient water management solutions in Pakistan. Out of these, eight participants were sent to Australia and as many to the US for training under…

Promising new wheat and paddy varieties

By Mohiuddin Aazim New wheat and paddy varieties are contributing, though modestly, to higher per-hectare yields, but the growers have yet to get the certified seeds according to their requirements. The 26m tonnes target set for 2014-15 wheat crop on 8.91m hectares means the expected yield has been worked out at about 2.91 tonnes. This is higher than 2013-14’s (initially estimated) yield of around 2.80 tonnes per hectare. And, one of the factors inbuilt into higher yield projection is…

A tall veggie tale: New farming technique yields higher profits for Kabal farmers

September 4, 2014 - By Fazal Khaliq - Tribune KABAL: Vegetable farmers of Kabal tehsil, Swat were initially hesitant to adopt vertical farming as a method of growing crops. However, the few who did give the technique a go have reaped high profits for their produce. The initiative of vertical or structured farming was introduced by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) under the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund in five union councils of Kabal tehsil in 2013 to help poor farmers…

QAU Inaugurated Wastewater Reuse System on the Campus

A project “Small Scale Sewage Treatment and Wastewater Reuse System for Pakistan” funded by HEC and USAID was inaugurated at Quaid-i-Azam University here on Thursday. Under the project a large scale wetland was constructed to treat the water of residential colonies of the University. Treated water will be used to irrigate plants on the site. The results indicated water after treatment fulfills all the parameters for National Standard for water fit for agriculture. This facility will be used…

Agriculture: Mayhem by monoculture

Effects of uncertain monsoon projection on food supply Crop failures are an inevitable part of agricultural life. Though blame is often attributed to drought, excess rains, and other weather discrepancies, the chosen method of farming itself is never called into question. Instead, massive pest infestation is blamed, along with other plant diseases. It is prudent to ask however, why this happens at all, and the answer lies inside an unnatural state of nature: Monoculture. Monoculture…

‘Agriculture sector must adopt modern technology’

Published: May 7, 2014 By Imran Rana Use of latest technology can increase production and farmers can earn handsome profits. FAISALABAD: Farmers can get more than double-digit yield and profits by using modern techniques, machinery and certified seeds while cotton growers, in particular, can achieve productivity of 70-80 maunds (40kg) per acre with the help new hybrid seed varieties and latest farm practices. Ayub Agriculture Research Institute (AARI) recently introduced a new…

Trees may be used to develop hi-tech energy storage devices

Sunday, 13 April 2014 Trees may be used to develop hi-tech energy storage devices CC BY 3.0 Indi Samarajiva/Treehugger.com Scientists at Oregon State University are successful to discover a simple process by which cellulose of the trees can be used to develop hi-tech energy storage devices like supercapacitors. Energy storage is one of the big limitations for effective use of electronic gadgets, automobiles and other technologies. Supercapacitors are the answer to this limitation.…

Farmers go for tunnel technology to improve productivity

By Imran Rana FAISALABAD: Farmers of the country are increasingly adopting state-of-the-art tunnel technology that offers five times more profit and productivity against traditional methods of farming, improves livelihood of local communities and ensures food security in the country, agricultural experts say. “In Pakistan, lack of cold storages, high cost of production and outdated agriculture infrastructure have slashed profit margins of the farmers over the years. Now, with the help of…

US launches new mobile project for farmers, fishermen in KPK

By Hadi Aziz ISLAMABAD: The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new pilot project to introduce mobile enabled advisory and financial services for peach and potato farmers and fishermen in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. As a result of this project, over 1,700 small and medium sized farms and 15,000 people in Swat will gain access to mobile banking.  With information and financing more readily available, farmers can learn practices to increase…

Biogas: A Cheaper Source of Energy

Dr. Rana Muhammad Asif, Veterinary Officer (H) Our Economy is crippled by acute energy shortages. This energy shortage is actually the outcome of mismanagement and without any proper planning. Since the inception of our country we depend mainly on thermal and hydroelectric sources but we have not used alternate source of energy .We are still thinking the use of alternate source of energy. Developed economies are converting their sources of energy from non-renewable to renewable because they…

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