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Prices of food grains, other essential items further decline

January 12, 2015 -Amjad Ali Shah-BR Report - The effects of lower oil prices are subsequently observed with passage time, as prices of food grains and other essential commodities of daily usage; except retaining high rates of meat, chicken and flour, further fell in wholesale and retail market. Traders and vendors in provincial metropolis attributed that prices of essential food times, went down because of fresh arrival of these commodities and improved cultivation of these…

Medicinal Uses of Garlic

Anupama - Bimbima - Garlic is used all over world as a condiment and home medicine for centuries. Garlic offers innumerable health benefits as it is good for cardiovascular health, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar level, and is useful in several other ailments. Garlic has got its medicinal properties due to presence of at least thirty-three sulfur compounds, several enzymes, seventeen amino acids, and minerals. Sulfur compounds give garlic its pungent taste and specific odour. It is…

Pakistan produces good quality honey in world

January 06, 2015- APP - ISLAMABAD – National Agriculture Research Center's (NARC) Honey Bee Research Institute Senior officer Dr Rashid Hussain said on Tuesday that Pakistan was producing prime quality of honey in the world. Talking to APP Dr Rashid said that despite the fact Pakistan had great potential to get itself listed in the major honey producers in the world, the country still fell at number 20th in terms of production. He said that Pakistan was producing 298,000 metric tons…

Earth alienation

Saturday, January 03, 2015 - Aziz Ali Dad - Earth alienationUntimely meditations Any major development in the field of science and the world of ideas leaves an indelible mark on the course of history and human consciousness. Sometimes society resists an invention or a novel idea because it defies received knowledge. At the same time new ideas form a new worldview through which people find a new niche in society. Throughout history mankind formed different worldviews to make sense of life…

Depressed commodity prices to impact agricultural growth

Dec 29, 2014 - Ahmad Fraz Khan - Everyone is concerned about agricultural growth prospects during 2015. They cite three factors: poverty (as a majority of farmers are unable to invest in crops), the confusion about the federal and provincial governments’ jurisdictions, and climatic changes that make the production cycle uncertain. The farmers have lost money on almost all major crops — cotton, rice, cane and wheat during 2014; in many cases they were not able to recover even cost of…

Severe drought afflicts Balochistan, says minister

December 28, 2014 - By Qaiser Butt- ISLAMABAD(Express): A provincial minister has warned of a severe drought in Balochistan due to a prolonged dry spell. Mir Sarfraz Bugti, the minister for home, tribal affairs and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) in the Balochistan cabinet, told us that his province has been facing a severe drought due to little rain-falls and snow-falls this winter season. Most of the deputy commissioners have informed the PDMA in their…

Year 2014 termed the bleakest for agricultural sector

December 21, 2014 Zahid Baigh - BR Report- Agriculturists and farmers' organisation representatives have termed the year 2014 as the bleakest year for agricultural sector during which growers suffered an accumulative loss of what they said around Rs 300 billion because of flood damages and price crash for three main crops ie cotton, rice and sugarcane. Basmati Growers Association (BGA) President & Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) Director Chaudhry Hamid Malhi and Punjab…

Economic loss to farmers

December 13, 2014 - Dr Zafar Altaf - BR Report - There was always this view that the Muslim league government is industrialist-friendly and inimical to the farmers. What is the issue here? The policy people in the ministry of food and agriculture are experienced enough and the minister himself is from a farmer family. Does he not understand the issue that is before him? The secretary too has been around for a number of years. Agriculture is a tricky business. There are a number of issues…

Food security

Monday, December 15, 2014 Participants at a conference on sustainable development stressed the need for focusing on issues like food security, climate change and political commitment of governments in South Asia to accord these issues of highest priority. The federal minister for national food security and research told the audience that the government is keen to develop collaborations for a food secure Pakistan to the needs of growing population in the country. He added the government…

Social side of food insecurity

December 10, 2014 - BR Report - Successive governments in Pakistan have been fond of taking credit for high agriculture produce, especially in staple crops like wheat, rice and sugarcane. But they are usually clueless about why, then, Pakistan has very high incidence of food insecurity. Various estimates converge towards a damning indictment that Pakistans food insecurity rate is more than 50 percent - that is, every second Pakistani is food insecure - and that the incidence is growing…

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