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Dry & cold weather to continue for three weeks: standing crops may be adversely affected

December 30, 2014 - Fazal Sher -BR Report - Dry and cold weather conditions will continue for another three weeks in the country which may have a "very negative impact" on standing crops, according to agriculture and weather experts. Long dry and cold weather system in the country would leave negative impact on wheat, gram, potato and other minor Rabi crops. "The current weather system would badly affect the standing crops, especially in rain-fed areas," said Dr Aslam Gill, Crop…

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…

Agricultural growth picks up

Dec 01, 2014 - Mohiuddin Aazim - Dawn- GOING by the expected outputs of key crops and developments in livestock and fisheries, Pakistan’s agriculture sector looks set to grow faster during this fiscal year than in the last year. Senior government officials say performance of these sub-sectors is good enough to help boost agricultural growth to targeted 3.3pc in FY15, up from 2.2pc in FY14. Even if the performance of minor crops (a part of crops sub-sector) or forestry (itself a…

Agriculture lands being drastically reduced in Pakistan

November 24, 2014 - Shah Faisal Afridi - There is an emergent need to reorganize the agriculture sector of the country, and bring about the revolution in the production of agriculture. The agriculture lands are being drastically reduced in the country and Food-related social unrest is putting burdens on already weak or borderline governance systems in Pakistan, which is experiencing persistent food insecurity. If the country faces recurrent food crises in the future, this situation could…

Agricultural crisis in Pakistan

By Tayyab Safdar Express - The agriculture sector continues to be of little interest to policymakers. In official circles, there seems to be little effort to understand the complexities and challenges facing it. The performance of agriculture has repercussions at multiple levels for the national economy. For one, it continues to be the largest employer in the country accounting for 45 per cent of the labour force. This brings us to the results of the latest Agriculture Census of…

‘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…

Agriculture a promising sector for investment

October 29, 2014 - APP - ISLAMABAD - Speakers at the investment conference here termed the agriculture as promising sector for investments, urging foreign investors to explore untapped potential of the country. They were speaking at International Investment Conference organized by Board of Investment with an aim to highlighting the investment regime and available opportunities for investment in various sectors of the economy. More than 350 invitees including 241 foreign…

Agriculture sector facing complex challenges: minister

October 28, 2014 - BR Report - Punjab Agricultural Minister Farrukh Javed on Monday said that agriculture sector is facing complex challenges including low agricultural productivity, high cost of inputs and water and climate changes issues. These are the real hurdle to attain food security. He was chairing 39 senate meeting of University of Agriculture Faisalabad at New Senate Hall as Governor's nominee, said a handout of the department issued today. The Minister stated that the Punjab…

High honours: UAF student to address UN assembly

September 19, 2014- By Shamsul Islam FAISALABAD(Tribune): Rabia Faridi, a student of University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF), will receive Youth Courage Award 2014 at the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 22. She will also address the general assembly. Faridi is the second Pakistani student invited to speak at the global forum. She is also a global youth ambassador on education at the UN. Faridi comes from a village near Samundri and…

Incentives and subsidies: An overview

September 08, 2014 - Shaukat Ahmed - Most of countries provide various forms of incentives and subsidies to their industry to make them competitive in the global market. A subsidy is a form of financial or non financial support extended to an economic sector or institution, or business or individual generally with the aim of promoting economic and social policy. Subsidies come in various forms including: direct (cash grants, interest-free loans) and indirect (tax exemptions or rebates,…

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