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Agri-secretary for enhancing investment in research

Imran Rana FAISALABAD: Investment in agricultural research should increase to avert any agricultural crisis and tangible research work being carried out in the country must be translated into goods and services, remarked Punjab Agriculture Secretary Dr Asad Rehman Gillani. Speaking at a meeting at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on Saturday, Gillani said climate change, post-harvest losses and lack of mechanisation in agriculture were acting as hurdles in the way of…

Pakistan needs China’s growth model

February 03, 2015 - Salman Abduhu - LAHORE(nation)- Pakistan and China have very strong ties and cooperate with each other in many fields. Still they are poles apart as far as economic performance is concerned.  While China is about to leave even the US behind in the years ahead, Pakistan has not been able to solve basic problems, which it should have solved long ago. The frequent changes in the economic policies could be an important factor responsible for Pakistan’s sluggish…

Pulses output down, imports up

Mohiuddin Aazim The import of pulses is soaring due to a decline in domestic output for lack of serious efforts for sustainable growth in production. Pulses are unable to compete with the preferred cultivation of major crops that offer relatively better returns. Imports shot up by 43pc to 308,000 tonnes during July-December 2014, from 215,000 tonnes in July-December 2013. While the domestic output fluctuated from year to year, the overall pulses’ imports fell from 672,000 tonnes in…

Cheaper finance to make exports competitive

Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana KARACHI(Dawn): The business community has welcomed the cut in the export refinance rate to 6 per cent from 7.5pc and the mark-up rate on Long-Term Financing Facility (LTFF) to 7.5pc from 9pc, effective from today. All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Chairman S.M. Tanveer told Dawn from Lahore on Saturday that it was a step in the right direction and was being expected after 100 basis points reduction in the SBP policy rate to 8.5pc. He, however,…

Focus on clustered mapping of agriculture sector: Ahsan

January 31, 2015 - BR Report - Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal, while meeting with a delegation led by Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward here on Friday, said the government was focusing on the clustered mapping of agriculture sector for enhancing its growth. He stated the infrastructure that was needed for the transformation of the agriculture sector was either missing or dysfunctional. "Pakistan's agriculture has tremendous potential, but…

Plan to improve agriculture productivity charted out

January 29, 2015 - BR Report - Punjab Agriculture Department has formulated a plan costing Rs 152.328 million to improve agriculture productivity of Rabi and Kharif crops through balanced use of fertilizer in the province. Official sources told us. On Wednesday that under the plan, special attention will be accorded on improvement of soil nutrient status through NPK fertilisers and micronutrients according to the requirement of crop in different ecological zones. Punjab contributes a…

Groundwater level dropping in City

Iqtidar Gilani - January 27, 2015 - LAHORE(nation) - Extraction of more water for domestic, industrial and agricultural purposes than the recharge from different sources like rainfall and irrigation channels is causing rapid drop in aquifer level in Lahore, reveals a study carried out by WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Cleaner Production Institute (CPI). Except for partial reliance of the agricultural sector on surface water resources like canals, all other sectors including domestic,…

Initiatives taken to increase agri exports from Balochistan

January 25, 2015 - By Ijaz Kakakhel - ISLAMABAD: To improve living standard of Balochistan's farmers, government has announced several initiatives to increase their agriculture exports to several countries including Iran under in Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2012-15, sources told Daily Times on Saturday. Ministry of Commerce announced this in STPF to help the farmers so that exports could be increased. According to the incentives, farmers growing dates and olives in…

The illusions of economic development

January 24, 2015 - Dr Zafar Altaf - BR Report - The secret of the mastermind is found wholly in the use of imagination. And how true! We are now back to Balochistan where the PM has announced another package for the province that constitutes in area terms 47% of Pakistan. What are its requirements? Many and totally different from what has been stated in the two-day conference. The previous two packages for Balochistan provided by the two fact-finding missions of the National Assembly also…

Export of surplus wheat: Rs six billion subsidy approved by ECC

January 24, 2015 - Zaheer Abbasi - The Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved a subsidy of Rs 6 billion for the export of 1.2 million tons of surplus wheat available with Punjab and Sindh governments. A participant of the meeting, who requested anonymity, said that Ministry of Food Security and Research had proposed the export of 3 million tons but the ECC meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar decided to allow export of 1.2 million tons. He further…

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