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    Food Security And Agriculture In Pakistan 2016

  • Rains to aggravate locust swarms: Food and Agriculture Organisation

    ISLAMABAD: The number of locusts could grow twenty-fold in the coming rainy season in South Asia unless extra measures to counter the swarms are put in place the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has warned...

    According to FAO experts, a single swarm of desert locust can cover an entire square kilometre and contain some 80 million insects...

  • Food ministry wants agriculture sector under one umbrella

    ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Food Security and Research in an upcoming meeting with the prime minister will make the pitch for the reunification of all agriculture-related segments under one umbrella, the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council’s (PARC) chairman said on Tuesday...

    Addressing the inaugural session of a workshop aimed at raising awareness for water evaluation, testing and treatment, Dr Yusuf Zafar said the...

  • International conference on agriculture, food & animal sciences gets under way

    HYDERABAD: A two-day inter­­­na­tional conference on agriculture, food and animal sciences began at the Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam on Tuesday...

    Around 300 delegates, including scholars, researchers and academics from leading universities of Pakistan and experts from the United States, Germany, China, Malaysia and other countries are participating in the conference...

  • Wheat harvest and food security

    Food security is designed to ensure access for all the people to nutritious and adequate quantity of food at all times and at affordable prices...

    Important foods include not only cereals like wheat, rice, corn but also fruits, vegetables, meat, pulses, sugar, edible oils and dairy products...

  • Food security: cultivating deserts and arid lands

    Arid lands cover more than one-fifth of the earth’s surface and are found on every continent...

    According to the World Meteorological Organisation, climate change and desertification are expected to lead to increasing levels of salinisation and desertification of agricultural lands...

  • Punjab Food Authority to take steps for provision of quality food items

    RAWALPINDI: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) will declare Rawalpindi as the model city for food safety and measures will be taken so people can get quality food items in the market...

    Talking to Dawn, PFA Chairman Umer Tanveer Butt said the provincial food authority was taking measures for provision of quality food to people including milk, meat and other edibles in the open market...

  • Agriculture and industry set to get special packages: Ahsan

    ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in his budget speech later this week will announce a special relief package for reduction in input costs for agriculture and industrial sectors to boost exports and economic growth rate, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said on Tuesday...

    Speaking at a news conference, Mr Iqbal also said the army had been assigned the responsibility of spending Rs100 billion allocated for 2016-17...

  • Balancing agriculture and industry

    It would have been an insensitive trade-off to lose rural support after substantial public investment in the agriculture package while winning over the urban political base with incentives to exporters ahead of the 2018 elections...

    Therefore, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif moved swiftly, under widespread political pressure, to restore the subsidy on fertiliser 72 hours after the ministry of National Food Security and Research announced...

  • Agriculture mechanisation: progress and issues

    The use of machinery in farming is growing at a slow pace and the use of most modern, productivity-enhancing, machinery is still very limited...

    About 76pc growers now cultivate land with tractors, 20pc with tractors and draught animals—and only 4pc use draught animals alone...

  • Cabinet approves Sindh’s ‘first-ever’ agriculture and youth policies

    KARACHI: At the fag end of its five-year term, the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government on Monday approved the province’s first-ever agriculture and youth policies...

    The two policies were presented before the Sindh cabinet, which met here with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair, and after hours-long deliberation it approved what was being billed as the government’s major policy decisions...

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