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Spanish companies keen to invest in various sectors: Agriculture

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 ISLAMABAD: The Spanish entrepreneurs and companies are keen to invest in various sectors of Pakistan economy including energy, infrastructure, construction, agriculture and livestock. During a meeting with Pakistani delegation, the prominent private entrepreneurs of Spain under the auspices of Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE) expressed the desire to collaborate with Pakistan in various fields of economy. The CEOE has more than one…

German investors keen to invest in Pakistan: Agriculture

October 26, 2013 ISLAMABAD - German Ambassador to Pakistan Cyrill Nunn has expressed the hope that volume of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Germany would increase as result of the intensive business-to-business contacts between the two friendly countries. “German investors are keen to invest in Pakistan’s agriculture‚ mining, energy‚ infrastructure and other sectors”, the ambassador told press briefing at the Embassy on Friday. While giving details about the largest-ever Pakistani…

US-Pakistan cooperation factsheet: Agriculture

Oct 24, 2013 President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and First Lady Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif at the White House on October 23, 2013. Their visit underscored the long-term cooperation between the United States and Pakistan and highlighted the following areas of ongoing U.S. activity: Fostering Mutual Prosperity Energy: The United States and Pakistan have a strong partnership in the energy sector, recognizing the central role a stable supply of…

China offers assistance in mining and agriculture

October 24, 2013 KARACHI: The provincial government of Sichuan has offered the Sindh government cooperation in exploiting mineral resources, development of agriculture and water management. The offer was made to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a meeting with Governor Wei Hong in Chengdu on Wednesday, says a press release issued by the Pakistan embassy in Beijing. In the talks, Shah was leading a delegation, which had been invited to come and attend the 14th Western China…

Agriculture Statistics

Introduction ​Agriculture constitutes the largest sector of our economy. Majority of the population, directly or indirectly, dependent on this sector. It contributes about 24 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for half of employed labour force and is the largest source of foreign exchange earnings. It feeds whole rural and urban population. Realizing its importance, planners and policy makers are always keen to have reliable area and production statistics of agricultural…

Major damage to agriculture

On Sunday night Cyclone Phailin lost impetus and was re-categorised as a depression after it made landfall on Saturday evening and lashed Orissa and the Srikakulam district of Andhra with wind speeds of 200 kmph. A total of 14 deaths reported, 13 are in Orissa and one in Andhra Pradesh. The Met office said on Sunday that Phailin will further weaken by Monday morning. At 20 cm, Itchapuram received the highest rainfall in the state. As Phailin made landfall, Srikakulam including…

Mycotoxins in Food: World Agriculture

Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring chemicals produced by certain moulds. They can grow on a variety of different crops and food stuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions. The mycotoxins of most concern from a food safety perspective include the aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, G2 and M1), ochratoxin A, patulin and toxins produced by Fusarium moulds, including fumonisins (B1, B2 and B3), trichothecenes (principally…

World Agriculture:Tata Steel reports loss on Europe woes

May 27, 2013 World Agriculture: India's Tata Steel, one of the world's biggest steelmakers, on May 23 swung to a quarterly net loss from a profit a year ago due to falling demand in its key European market. Tata Steel reported a consolidated net loss of 65.29 billion rupees ($1.18 billion) for the fourth fiscal quarter which ended March, compared to a profit of 4.33 billion rupees in the same period a year earlier. It was the steelmaker's third successive quarterly loss. Tata Steel,…

US MIDDAY: wheat falls two percent

May 16, 2013 Wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell more than 2 percent to a two-week low on Wednesday in reaction to technical selling, a stronger US dollar and lacklustre exports of US grain, traders said. Soyabeans fell on chart-based selling and monthly data showing a slower-than-expected US soyabean crushing pace. Corn was pulled down by soya and wheat in thin trading, but the lead July contract was underpinned by strong cash markets. At the CBOT as of 12:32 pm CDT (1732…

Planting the Seed of Sustainable Farming: Op-Ed

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Suzy Friedman, sustainable agriculture director for the Environmental Defense Fund, contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. “Lake Erie is sick. A thick and growing coat of toxic algae appears each summer, so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in…

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