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Will Covid recovery mark an overhaul of our food production?

Time is running out for mankind to make the changes needed to continue feeding itself. Food production has been the biggest destroyer of biodiversity in recent decades, the damage to the natural world has been dramatically undervalued, and radical change to production and consumption is urgently needed to avoid collapse of food systems. So said two landmark reports in the past week – ‘The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review’ commissioned by the UK government, and ‘Food system…

Turkish agency sets up honey research laboratory in Pakistan

By Monitoring Report A bee research laboratory set up by Turkey’s state-run aid agency was opened in Islamabad on Wednesday, Anadolu Agency reported. The Advanced Queen Bee Research Laboratory, established in collaboration with the Honeybee Research Institute (HBRI), was inaugurated by Turkish Ambassador Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul and his spouse. Muhammad Azeem Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and Gokhan Umut, Islamabad coordinator for the Turkish…

Plight of primary sectors of economy

Muhammad Munir Ahmed IN developing countries like Pakistan, commodity producers make direct use of domestic natural resources. And the economic policies are designed to provide an enabling environment for reaping full benefits originating from these sectors of the econony. However, the real situation in this regard is far from satisfactory and manifests in the whole chain of agricultural production. From sowing to harvesting of different crops, farmers provide opportunities to…

Transforming agriculture development model

January 31, 2015 - BR Report - A report released the other day by the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) challenges conventional agricultural production and corporate concentration in agriculture markets, calling for transformative changes. According to the report entitled "Trade and Environmental Review 2013: Wake Up Before it is Too Late", there is a need to transform agriculture towards "ecological intensification" which "implies a rapid and significant shift from…

SBP cuts interest rate to 8.5 per cent

Governor Wathra says inflation remained at 4.3 per cent during December and is expected to come down further Says fiscal deficit remained under control despite increase in interest-based payments The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) cut its key discount rate to 8.5 per cent from 9.5 per cent on Saturday, in line with analyst expectations and citing lower inflationary pressure due to falling global oil prices. SBP Governor Ashraf Wathra said the new rate would be in place for two…

Financial inclusion of rural poor urged: Pakistan

January 21, 2015 KARACHI: Speakers at Zahid Hussain Memorial Lecture organised by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), have underlined the need of innovative ways to encourage financial inclusion of the rural poor. Dilip Mookherjee, Professor of Economics, Boston University, USA said that the major goal of policy makers in developing countries was to develop innovative ways to encourage financial inclusion. “Enabling poor farmers to diversify into high value cash crops is one of the…

Millions of people still deprived of adequate food, moot told

January 19, 2015 KARACHI(PPI): Food insecurity is on the rise as millions of people have failed to find adequate food and nutritious intake due to high food prices. Food insecurity has become one of the major problems in Pakistan and the government has its constitutional obligation to invest in the food sector so as to provide food security to its people. Rural women have less access to basic needs of life such as food, health and education. This was stated at the proceedings of…

Wheat wheat everywhere, not a grain to eat

INP - Agriculture Innovation Programme playing important role to strengthen research system, increase production “The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is playing an important role in strengthening agricultural research system in Pakistan through providing financial resources, HRD and new innovations. Some farmers are still growing local varieties of various crops which cause low productivity. PASSCO has been given the task of development of seed of improved varieties for…

Adapting to climate change

January 16, 2015 - Saima Baig - Nation - Over the past two decades it has become increasingly clear that climate is changing across the globe. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its first assessment report in 1990, highlighting this aspect. Since then, its subsequent reports have continued to provide further and increasingly stronger evidence that human induced climate change has immense effects on societies and ecosystems, especially forests and coastal areas,…

Japan set to resume yen loan for Pakistan

Japanese minister tells Dar positive reviews of Pakistan’s IMF programme encouraging Thursday, January 15, 2015 ISLAMABAD: Katsunobu Kato, Minister of State of Japan, has said that Pakistan’s positive reviews in its IMF programme are encouraging for Japan to resume Yen loans and his country would continue assistance towards the settlement of IDPs, eradication of polio, floods mitigation and the fight against terrorism. Kato stated this here on Wednesday in Tokyo during a meeting…

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