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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…

Supreme Court issues notices to sugar mill owners

January 14, 2015 BR Report - The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notices to sugar mill owners in response to a civil miscellaneous petition filed by representatives of sugarcane growers. A three-member bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a miscellaneous petition filed by Abadkar Tnazeem Sindh on increase in price of sugarcane. During the course of proceedings, Hafeez Pirzada, the counsel for sugar mill owners, urged the apex court to issue directives for increasing sugar…

Sugar export: issue of rebate, freight subsidy to be reviewed: minister

January 14, 2015 Mushtaq Ghumman - BR Report- Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday that the issue of rebate and freight subsidy on export of 0.65 million tons of sugar extended to sugar mills will be reviewed in the light of situation recently witnessed in Sindh. Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet last month approved financial incentives of Rs 6.5 billion for the sugar mills with a justification that the mills will procure sugarcane at the fixed…

Millers decide to stop crushing sugarcane over price dispute

January 06, 2015 - Mohammad Bilal Tahir - BR Report - Sugar millers in Sindh have decided to shut down their plants and stop crushing sugarcane as a result of a deepening row between the industry and provincial government over the fixation of sugarcane prices in the province, well informed sources in the industry told us. Sources said that farmers have also stopped harvesting sugarcane after millers announced that they would begin their operations from January 6. The Sugar Mills said…

Import of food items: TDAP holds seminar on Russian market opportunities

January 01, 2015 - BR Report - Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has organised a seminar on market opportunities and regulatory regimes of Russian Federation regarding import of food items here on Wednesday. The main purpose of the seminar was to create awareness among the exporters, producers and growers of food and agro products to benefit from the situation that has emerged after the imposition of ban by Russian Federation on food and agricultural products from the…

SHC dismisses petition of sugar millers

December 31, 2014 - PPI - The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the sugar millers through which they challenged the notification issued by Sindh government fixing sugarcane price at Rs 182 per 40 kilograms. The petitioners, Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills owner and others, approached the court, submitting that they had filed a petition seeking its directions for the federal and provincial governments to devise an effective mechanism for fixation of sugar price and…

PARC chief highlights food insecurity

December 24, 2014 Islamabad(INP): Workshop on enhancing understanding and implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture organised at NARC Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has said that humanity is facing the interrelated challenges of food security, loss of agricultural biodiversity and climate change as more than one billion people are suffering from continual hunger and malnutrition. Dr…

India’s October 1-December 15 sugar output up

December 18, 2014 - Reuters Indian sugar mills produced 4.2 million tonnes of the sweetener between October 1 and December 15, about 47 percent higher year-on-year as more mills are operational this year, a producers' body said on Wednesday. This year 442 mills in the country started crushing by December 15, compared with 426 last year, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. ISMA expects India's 2014/15 sugar output at 25 million tonnes to 25.5 million tonnes…

How to reconcile the conflicting interests

Dec 2014 - Ahmad Fraz Khan - Dawn - THE ongoing cane pricing crisis seems to have exposed everyone involved in the business. Official decision-making has become highly vulnerable to pressure groups — be it farmers or industrialists. The industry, fed on low-priced cane for too long and facilitated by an elaborate regime of duties and tax relaxation, is unable, or unwilling, to vigorously innovate and add much value to its products. The farming community, already suffering on account…

ECC likely to approve incentives for sugar mills

December 18, 2014 Mushtaq Ghumman - BR Report - Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of Cabinet is expected to approve incentives for sugar mills aimed at resolving issues being faced by the industry and growers. A delegation of Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) led by its Chairman Iskandar Khan met Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar a couple of days ago and discussed with him issues of sugar industry and growers who are protesting against a low price of their produce. A…

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