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The 70 erratic years of Pakistan’s agriculture sector

WITH a rich and vast natural resource base covering various climatic and ecological zones, Pakistan ranks eighth in the world in farm output. It is one of the world’s largest producers and suppliers of food and crops: chickpea (3rd), apricot (6th), cotton, rice and mango (4th), milk sugarcane and date …

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Food Security Policy: PARC finalises draft for cabinet review

The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (Parc) has developed first draft of the food security policy in consultation with provincial partners and is ready to place it before the cabinet for deliberation, said Parc Chairman Dr Yusuf Zafar. Pakistan Agriculture Research Council: Govt dept fires 500 employees In the eighth meeting …

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Under Economic Transformation Initiative, the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) will spend twelve billion rupees on development of agriculture in Gilgit- Baltistan in the next seven years. In the first phase, fifty thousand acres of barren land would be converted into cultivable fields. About one hundred thousand households …

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CPEC and the opportunity for agriculture

China is the world’s largest importer of agricultural products. In 2015, China imported $160 billion worth of agricultural products. However, Pakistan’s share in these exports was minuscule — less than half a percentage point — despite having a large agrarian base and a shared border with China. With a population …

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PEW for promoting agriculture to alleviate rural poverty

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) Tuesday stressed the need for promoting agriculture and livestock sectors to get rural communities out of poverty. The agricultural sector was considered the backbone of the economy and had been largest employment provider while eighty percent of exports were linked to it, it said. However, …

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Banking sector focusing more on agriculture financing

Banks have surpassed the agricultural credit disbursement target of Rs. 700 billion set by Agricultural Credit Advisory Committee (ACAC) for FY 2016-17. Agri. Lending banks have disbursed Rs 704.5 billion which is 17.8% higher than the last year’s disbursements of Rs 598.3 billion. Further, the agri. outstanding portfolio increased to Rs 405.8 …

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Senate body seeks report on Agricultural Council land

The Senate’s Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the delay in the submission of a report over the status of the 1,400 acres of land belonging to the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). Chairing the committee meeting at Parliament House, Senator Syed Muzafar …

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Pakistan elected as independent chairperson of FAO council

Pakistan’s candidate has been elected as independent chairperson of the council of food and agriculture organization (FAO) for the term 2017-19 in an election held in Rome.       According to a statement issued here,  Khalid Mehboob, nominated by Pakistan, was one of the six candidates along with Albania, Bosnia, Cyprus, …

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