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Fertiliser makers resume sales on Rs20bln subsidy prospects

Fertiliser manufacturers on Tuesday decided to resume urea sales as the government assured them of clearing subsidy backlog and notifying incentives worth more than Rs20 billion announced in the budget for the current fiscal year within a week. Ministries of finance and food security and research assured fertiliser makers that …

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Farmers fare better due to subsidy on urea

The government’s subsidy on urea has made farmers better off by Rs100 billion during July 2016 to March 2017 compared to the same period of previous year, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) calculations. The support significantly improved the output of important crops like cotton, sugarcane, maize and …

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‘New technology will help farmers sow rice without water’

Scientists have successfully developed a new technology that will help farmers sow rice without water. The recent development would be helpful for the farming community facing water crisis. These views were expressed by Provincial Agriculture Secretary Muhammad Mahmud on Friday. The minister said the new technology would bring revolution in …

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Committee formed to probe impact of herbicides

The Ministry of National Food Security and Research has formed a committee to investigate the impact of the rampant and wide-scale use of weed killers and herbicides in the country.  The committee, constituted just days before Eidul Fitr, would work under the Pakistan Plant Protection Department (PPPD) director general. The …

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Agriculture back-bone of country

Agriculture is the back-boon of national economy and present Punjab government is focusing on increasing per acre yield and improving socio-economic condition of farmers. This was stated by the Provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Food, Punjab, Chaudhary Assadullah Arain while talking to farmers at Hafizabad. He said that government was providing …

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GB Govt. launching comprehensive programme

Gilgit-Baltistan Government is launching a comprehensive programme with financial assistance of International Fund for Agriculture Development to bring a positive change in life standard of people of rural areas. The project would be completed at a cost of twelve billion rupees in seven years. Official sources said in the first …

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Cotton area up by 1.2m acres in Punjab

Special ‘Girdawri’ process for exact assessment of cotton cultivated area has been completed showing 5.56 million acre cotton area in Punjab against the target of 6 million acre but it was still up by 1.2 million acres than the previous year figure of 4.486 million acre. Punjab secretary agriculture Muhammad …

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Farm zones along CPEC suggested

Agricu­ltural zones along the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) can help earn $12 billion annually by exporting products to a neighbouring country, a leader of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said on Sunday. China imported agricultural products worth $111bn annually, including $25bn soybean oil and by-products …

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Nothing for farmers

With the recent announcement of the budget FY 2017-18, the agriculture sector has received little or no new support schemes to provide relief to the farmers. Despite the protests staged by leading farmer associations, in front of the Parliament House, on the day of budget presentation, their demands were largely …

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Tractors’ phenomenal comeback

On a modest recovery in agriculture in FY17, the tractor industry has bounced back phenomenally; as per the latest numbers released by PAMA, tractor sales and production have increased by 65 percent and 60 percent, respectively, over last year. A variety of factors have contributed to the successful rebound in …

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