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Agriculture in Pakistan

Prices of essential food items remained stable

February 01, 2015 - Waqar Lillah - BR Report - Except slight raise in sugar price, rates of essential food items remained stable last week as compared to the preceding week, reveals a survey conducted by us on Saturday. The survey noted that sugar was being sold at Rs 58-60 per kg against Rs 57 per kg week past price, registering an increase of Rs 1-3 per kg. However, 50kg sugar bag was available at Rs 2700-2800 in wholesale market while in retail market the same bag was being sold at…

USDA trainings aim to boost agri sector

ISLAMABAD(dawn): The United States Department of Agri­culture (USDA) will be imparting trainings to enhance the technical capacity of Pakistan’s plant health regulatory officials. The move aims to ensure that Pakistan’s trade in fresh fruits and vegetables is not subjected to additional restrictions in the international market. The USDA has sent to Islamabad its National Survey Supply Coordinator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, John Crowe to conduct a series of…

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…

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…

Towards a more people-centric, livelihood approach

Jan 19, 2015 -Amin Ahmed - The draft national food security policy, seeking a major shift from traditional crops to value-addition in farm produce, is now ready, and a strategy is currently being evolved for the implementation of the policy recommendations. The policy drafted in January 2013 by the ministry of national food security and research, shuttled between the standing committees of the parliament, the ministry and stakeholders for months. Finally, the document is back to 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…

The United States and Pakistan: Strong and Enduring Cooperation

January 13, 2015 - Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, accompanied by a high-level delegation, met in Islamabad on January 13, 2015, for the Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. Their visit underscored the long-term cooperation between the United States and Pakistan and highlighted the following areas of ongoing activity: Fostering Mutual Prosperity…

Haunting issues in SME financing

Mohiuddin Aazim Dawn- Mainstreaming undocumented SMEs into the supply chain of  industrial sector (eligible for bank credit) through a credit guarantee scheme introduced by the SBP should encourage banks to lend more to SMEs. AFTER a gap of six years, banks’ financing to small and medium enterprises rose in FY14. But the number of borrowers declined, indicating that additional lending didn’t contribute to financial inclusion. Worse still, the share of SMEs in banks’ total financing…

LPG shortage irks domestic consumers in Lahore

Monday, January 12, 2015 - Munawar Hasan - The News LAHORE: Despite administrative measures taken by the government, supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and empty cylinders could not be smoothened completely in the market to meet the demand, leaving domestic consumers in disarray amid unprecedented outage of natural gas. The shortfall in LPG supplies still exists and it is really hard to buy an empty cylinder as market is almost short of good quality cylinders for domestic…

Use of IT can enhance agri crops: speakers

January 10, 2015 ISLAMABAD: Use of Information Technology (IT) can help enhance agricultural production and is need of the hour. Dr Muhammad Imtiaz country representative of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to Pakistan during a workshop at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) on role of information and communication technology (ICT) in agricultural production and its challenges for technology transfer in Pakistan said keeping in view the cultural and social…

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