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Management before agriculture policy

Frequent transfers of civil servants have commonly been cited as a chronic reason behind poor public sector performance. With no tenure security for departmental heads and inadequate time to perform, it becomes virtually impossible to blame anyone. The Agriculture Department in Punjab seems to be amongst the worst culprits in …

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Twenty-member Chinese delegation visits RCCI

A twenty-member Chinese delegation headed by Deng Jihai, Chairman International Green Economy Association, visited the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on Tuesday. The purpose of their visit to explore opportunities for business collaborations and match making in different sectors including disposal power generation, agriculture, steel industry, new …

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Senate body concerned over rising interest rate for agri sector

Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research on Monday expressed its concerns over the increasing rate of interest being charged by the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) and said it would adversely affect the growth of the agriculture sector. The committee, which met under Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain …

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Lint producers feeling heat from international competitors

As the United States (US) has allocated more than $600 billion for subsidies on agriculture commodities – mostly for cotton growers – lint producers in developing countries are finding it difficult to capitalize on cost and international price competition. Ghulam Rabbani, a senior member the Pakistan Yarn Merchant Association, said …

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Bakhabar Kissan Plays the Role of Bridging the Farming Communities

Bakhabar Kisaan service has been launched aiming at improving productivity and efficiency of farming community in Pakistan. Bakhabar Kissan suggests that 18% of farmers in Pakistan (directly or indirectly) own smartphones while 82% of the farmers have legacy phones. It is estimated that by 2018 the number of farmers with …

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PMAS-AAUR training workshop on Hydroponic Agriculture

A fifteen days training workshop on Hydroponic Agriculture commenced at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), here on Tuesday, with an aim to train farmers and float the idea of Hydroponic Agriculture among farmers. PMAS-AAUR, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad was the chief guest at …

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Lack of value addition: Agricultural land shrinking in Punjab

Focused credit policies for promoting value addition coupled with maximisation of per acre yield for small landholders were imperative to make farming profitable, particularly in the backdrop of fast shrinking cultivable land around main cities of Punjab, said Engineer Ahmed Hassan, Vice President of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and …

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UBG demands inclusion of agri projects in CPEC

The United Business Group (UBG) of FPCCI on Sunday asked the government to pay attention to the agricultural development and include agricultural projects in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Government should not underestimate the matchless potential of agriculture and its sub-sectors and it should invite Chinese to invest in these …

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Kissan Package: identifying eligible small farmers

THE Punjab government’s plan to disburse interest-free loans for rabi and kharif harvests 2016/17 under its Kissan Package among 600,000 farmers — a majority of them being landless farmers or small holders with land holding of up to five acres — seems to have hit a snag. The authorities tasked …

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