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Netherlands seeks cooperation with Punjab in agri, dairy sectors

Ambassador of Netherlands Mrs. Ardi Stoios-Braken called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here on Tuesday. During the meeting, different matters of mutual interest including promotion of bilateral relations and increase in cooperation in different sectors came under discussion. On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan and …

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Future of Agriculture Policy Institute hangs in the balance

THE Ministry of National Food Security and Research is on the verge of losing one of its organs — the Agriculture Policy Institute (API) — as it has remained dormant over the past decade. The institute came under fierce criticism at a recent meeting of the Senate’s Standing Committee on …

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Fertilizer exports increase 100pc in first quarter

Country eared US$ 26.372 million by exporting fertilizer during first quarter of current financial year as compared the exports of the corresponding period of last year. The fertilizer exports witnessed 100 percent increase during the period from July-September, 2017-18 as compared the exports of the same period of last year, …

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Water woes force farmers to grow fodder, lose lands to urbanisation

Budho Baghal, an octogenarian farmer from the village Fazal Baghal, located near Hyderabad city, wonders why farmers are cultivating maize as fodder when they should be growing food crops like grains and vegetables. “We still have fertile lands, which can produce crops like wheat, pearl millet, sorghum, mustard, other oil …

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Agriculture Sector: Speakers stress modernisation

Speakers at a day-long seminar stressed on Wednesday the need to take appropriate measures to address the challenges being faced by the local agriculture sector in order to achieve higher growth returns. The speakers called for modernisation of the sector besides providing farmers with adequate resources and equipment. They said …

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Government releases Rs 2 billion fertilizer subsidy

The federal government has released Rs 2 billion fertilizer subsidy to different fertilizer manufacturing companies. According to Fertilizer Manufacturers of Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC), the subsidy amounts have been excessively delayed over the past two years, hence the intervention of Prime Minister’s Office. The government had pledged to expedite the …

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Govt withdraws summary on NARC land, Senate body told

The government on Wednesday announced to withdraw summary on converting National Agricultural Research Centre’s 1,400 acres agriculture land into a housing complex. The national food security and research minister informed the Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research that the prime minister has been pleased to approve the …

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Climate change necessitates modifications in agriculture advisories

The ongoing climate change phenomenon is forcing the people from all sectors to readjust their lifestyle and agriculture sector is no exception. It was affecting overall process of agriculture development and keeping farming community engaged in spending extra on saving their crops from impact of extreme hot and cold weather …

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Govt mulls law to stop use of farmland for houses

In view of rapid urbanisation and reduction in cultivated areas, especially around Lahore, the Punjab government has finally decided to introduce legislation barring conversion of agricultural land into residential areas in the province. Local Government Minister Manshaullah Butt told the media on Sunday that the provincial government had decided in …

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