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July-November period: agricultural credit disbursement soars to Rs 167.6 billion

December 19, 2014 - BR Report - Banks disbursed some Rs 167.6 billion on account of agricultural credit during the first five months (July-November) of the current fiscal year (FY15). The disbursed amount is some 33.5 percent of the overall annual target of Rs 500 billion and 42.7 percent higher than the disbursement of Rs 117.4 billion made during the corresponding period last year. The outstanding portfolio of agricultural loans increased by Rs 36 billion to reach Rs 303 billion at…

Agriculture loan: outstanding portfolio increased to Rs 290.35 billion

December 16, 2014 - Zaheer Abbasi - BR Report - The outstanding portfolio of agriculture loan has increased from Rs 257.09 billion to Rs 290.35 billion at end June, 2014 as compared to same period last year. Sources told Business Recorder that a recent meeting of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Finance was further informed that in line with the government focus on promoting agriculture, the target of Rs 500 billion has been set for 2014-15 which is 54 percent of the agri…

‘Agriculture has potential to absorb professionals’

November 16, 2014 FAISALABAD (APP) - Agriculture has a great potential to absorb thousands of young professionals in the emerging businesses starting right from farmgate to the dining table of consumers.  This was stated by Syed Babar Ali, Pro-chancellor Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) during a special session on agribusiness opportunities in Pakistan and a roundtable session at UAF here on Saturday. Syed Babar Ali urged the girl students to remain with the profession…

Basics of Beekeeping

New Beekeepers: Learn the basics of keeping bees and harvesting honey. By Cherie Langlois - Hobby Farm - Basic beekeeping doesn’t require huge amounts of money, time or space, and it can be done just about any place where flowers bloom. If like to drizzle amber honey on your morning toast or into green tea, you might want to give beekeeping—or apiculture—a try. Our country could certainly use some new beekeepers. According to Troy Fore, executive director of the American…

Farmers’ woes: Call for eliminating middlemen’s role, direct market access to farmers

June 26, 2014 by Safdar Abbas - Agri Business The booming population and a drastic increase in the demands of agriculture-related items have led to the discovery of new frontiers both in farming and handicrafts designs, but rural workers have yet to find a platform that enables them to showcase their products to a broader market. In this context, a two-day Share Mela organised by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) kicked-off…

Tough conditions keep youth from PM’s loan scheme: Agriculture

Irfan Haider ISLAMABAD: With a master’s degree in agriculture, Awad Shah, 24, has been searching for a job for the last two years. “During my study at the Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, I never expected that I would have to wait for such a long time to get a job,”. He said after failing to get a job, he tried to start his own business but could not launch it due to lack of resources. Shah said the initiation of the prime minister’s youth business loan scheme had given…

AGRIBUSINESS “needs Attention”

By Iqra Junejo Before highlighting any thing on Agribusiness it is necessary to understand that economy of any country depends on Agriculture, Industry and Commerce. All three sectors are very important and are interrelated with each other decline in one sector can be responsible for decline in another sector and progress of one sector can be helpful in progress of another sector. Agriculture is the backbone of any country no matter it is developed country or under developed country,…

PARC inks MoUs to promote vegetables and cotton varieties

ISLAMABAD: For improving vegetable crops and to extend cotton research Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) Thursday inked 2 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs). First MoU was inked between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and AVARDC-The World Vegetable Centre for scientific & technical cooperation on research and development on vegetable crops in Pakistan. Whereas Second MoU was inked between PARC and the Institute of Cotton Research (ICR) Chinese Academy of…

Best MOOC Courses in Business For May

May 01, 2014 “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” That may be true in business. But thanks to platforms like Coursera and EdX, you can get a free education. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are truly revolutionizing education. In the old days, you’d commit years (and tens-of-thousands of dollars) to earning a degree or certificate. Back then, you’d follow the school’s schedule, not your own. Too often, you were stuck with the faculty’s B-team, usually associates or…

Two Swedish teams to visit Pakistan to explore business ties: envoy

April 29, 2014- Agri-Business, Business LAHORE: Swedish Ambassador to Pakistan Tomas Rosander has said that two high-level Swedish delegations are visiting Pakistan this year to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with their counterparts. Addressing a ceremony at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday, the ambassador said that the first delegation was expected by middle of next month with a number of officials from companies involved in marketing major…

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