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Japan farming reforms a stiff test of Abe’s resolve

February 04, 2015 - Reuters - After December's landslide re-election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's programme to revive the nation's economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation's sclerotic farming industry. He will soon submit legislation to reform agriculture, a sector where a dwindling band of aging farmers works tiny plots, while conducting gruelling negotiations to sign up for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would cut towering import tariffs…

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…

How To Grow Ginger At Home

When I started growing ginger root I expected it to be difficult. It's not. I've been growing ginger at home for years, and ginger would have to be a serious contender for the title "most neglected plant" in my garden. (Which is a shame. Ginger is a beautiful and beautifully scented plant. I really should move it. One day...) I look at my ginger plants exactly once a year, at harvest time. I harvest them, replant them, and then forget about them for another year. Growing Ginger I…

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…

Socio-economic impact of terrorism on Pakistan

December 21, 2014 - By Shah Faisal Afridi - Pakistan is facing the menace of terrorism, which is eroding the country’s social structure, economic development and political system. During the last 13 years, the direct and indirect cost incurred by Pakistan on the war on terror and the losses due to terrorist attacks amounted to $102.51 billion. The acts of terrorism are threatening Pakistan’s law and order situation, violating human rights of the citizens, damaging basic infrastructure and…

IMF approves $1.1b loan for Pakistan

ADB okays $42.9m for Fata irrigation project Friday, December 19, 2014 - Washington—International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved to make available a $1.1 billion loan for Pakistan which will be released in two installments. This brings total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 2.2 billion (about US$3.2 billion). The Executive Board approved on September 4, 2013 an amount of SDR 4.393 billion (about US$6.44 billion, or 425 percent of Pakistan’s quota at the IMF) . According to the…

July-November period: agricultural credit disbursement soars to Rs 167.6 billion

December 19, 2014 - BR Report - Banks disbursed some Rs 167.6 billion on account of agricultural credit during the first five months (July-November) of the current fiscal year (FY15). The disbursed amount is some 33.5 percent of the overall annual target of Rs 500 billion and 42.7 percent higher than the disbursement of Rs 117.4 billion made during the corresponding period last year. The outstanding portfolio of agricultural loans increased by Rs 36 billion to reach Rs 303 billion at…

Dar reviews measures for agricultural exports to Russia

December 16, 2014 - APP - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar here on Monday chaired a meeting which reviewed the strategy measures being devised by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of National Food Security for Agricultural exports to Russia, tapping a sizeable chunk for Pakistan in US $16 billion, space created due to sanctions on food imports from European countries. The Minister, it may be recalled last week had issued instructions to both these ministries to come up with a plan…

Ishaq Dar urges ministries to devise strategies: Agricultural Exports

December 11, 2014 * Says quality standards should be considered in advance to ensure success of export plan ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Wednesday urged senior officials of Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Food Security and TDAP (Trade Development Authority of Pakistan) to urgently come up with a plan for export of agricultural products to Russia, aiming to enhance overall exports volume of the country and lessen current account deficit. The finance minister…

Low production costs may save agriculture, NA told

Raja Asghar ISLAMABAD(Dawn): After weeks of farm lobby’s bickering over falling prices of major crops, the government and the opposition seemed close to each other in the National Assembly on Friday on the idea of cutting production costs instead of raising support prices every year to save Pakistan from what opposition leader Khursheed Ahmed Shah called agricultural crisis. “If the government did not pay attention to this, there will be a big loss to the country resulting in a…

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