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Pakistani farmers need technology instead of subsidy

Executive Director of CropLife Asia Dr. Siang Hee Tan has said that Pakistani farmers need technology instead of subsidy to get enhanced productivity and thus improvement in living standard with increased income. “Pakistan requires science-based, and predictable regulatory regime that would enable them to reap benefits of modern technology,” Dr. …

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There is need to address water issues to benefit farmers: experts

“Our farming community is facing water related issues and the key solution is to incorporate research in the policy making. The need-of-the-hour is to devise a comprehensive policy to address the water scarcity problem to facilitate the farming community.” ‘New technology will help farmers sow rice without water’  This was …

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Punjab government to organize maize production competition

Punjab government is looking forward to holding a maize production competition in the maize growing districts of Punjab, chief minister Punjab has directed to organize this competition. According to APP Punjab agriculture department told them yesterday that they are completing the necessary arrangements to hold the competition for interested growers …

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Farm modernisation in Sindh

THE pace at which Sindh’s farmers have adopted modernisation has been pathetically slow. As a result, the desired per-acre productivity has not been achieved despite the fact that Sindh has huge potential. It is only some progressive farmers or those with large landholdings who tend to adopt advanced practices. But …

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USDA leads wheat productivity enhancement program annual meeting

Wheat, Pakistan’s most important crop, is in the spotlight at the National Agriculture Research Center, which is hosting a two-day Wheat Productivity Enhancement Program Meeting (WPEP) this week. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Dr. David Marshall gave opening remarks at today’s inaugural session. Marshall, from USDA’s Plant Science Unit, is the WPEP …

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PM for a policy framework to ensure food security in country

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday directed the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to work on a policy framework for putting in place optimal methods for ensuring food security in the country. The Prime Minister gave the direction during a briefing to him here at the PM Office …

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Punjab hopes soil health cards will bear fruit

AN imbalanced and injudicious use of chemical fertilisers has been observed to have affected soil health and productivity in some countries and increase the cost of farm production. Keeping in view these facts, the Punjab government initiated a plan last year for issuing farmers with “soil health cards”, which will …

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165,000 farmers get interest-free loans

Punjab Agriculture Secretary Muhammad Mehmood on Sunday said the Punjab government had issued interest-free loans to 165,000 farmers. The loans were given under the package introduced by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, he said in a statement issued here. About interest-free loans, he said 165,000 farmers had obtained loans so …

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PUNJAB GOVT EVOLVES 3-YEAR PLAN TO BOOST AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

Punjab government is paying special attention to increase yield of crops and on the value addition of agricultural commodities in the province. According to the official sources, government is introducing agricultural reforms to make  farmers prosper and  to overcome the challenges facing the agricultural sector. Sources said provincial government would …

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Saving water project to promote sustainable agriculture

Nestlé Pakistan has entered into a partnership with the National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) to adopt efficient water management techniques which will improve agricultural yield. The initiative is part of the Nestle 2030 ambition to drive for zero impact in its operations, by ensuring responsible use of resources and stewarding …

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