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    Organic Farming Certification In Pakistan Vaccine

  • US bill pledges $900m to Pakistan, links half of amount to certification

    WASHINGTON: A consensus US defence bill, set to be approved by the House, recognises Pakistan as a key strategic partner and pledges more than $900 million in economic and other assistance to the country...

    But the bill also conditions $450m from this assistance to a certification from the US defence secretary that Pakistan is committed to fighting all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network...

  • ISO certification for lab to help boost meat exports

    THE concerns of European countries over food export consignments may now be addressed as Pakistan has improved its food safety control system...

    The laboratory, established by the Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB) of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), has recently earned International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) accreditation...

  • Waste not — organic compost

    Homemade, organic compost is an absolutely priceless soil conditioner which, as it slowly releases its minerals, nutrients and trace elements — all essential for healthy plant growth — acts to naturally feed plants of all kinds over a very long period of time...

    The dry ingredients could, for example, be chopped straw, dead leaves, shredded newspaper / cardboard, wood ash, cut up old clothes as long as they are made from purely...

  • Organic brews

    Having received countless questions about easy, organic, methods of pest control and requests for details of how to make low-cost, organic fertilisers at home, this week’s column is devoted to these two extremely important subjects...

    There are three simple, organic sprays to fight them with:Garlic sprayTake quarter kilo of whole, unpeeled, garlic cloves, put in a pan with one litre water...

  • GARDENING: ORGANIC PEST CONTROL TO THE RESCUE

    I am 13 years old and have come to know the importance of growing fresh food using organic methods and am now trying to convince my grandparents not to use any chemicals on their farm in Sindh...

    I now want to switch over to organic methods starting with a cure for the white fungus stuff growing underneath some of my plants’ leaves...

  • How to make your very own organic plant fertiliser

    Organic, liquid plant food or plant fertiliser is an incredibly nutritious feast that your plants — and soil — will drink with absolute delight! It strengthens the natural growth of plants and increases their resistance to pests and disease...

    Organic fertilisers certainly don’t smell of roses but no organic garden pharmacy is complete without them...

  • Pakistan, Belarus to cooperate in dairy farming

    ISLAMABAD: The second meeting of Pakistan-Belarus Joint Working Group on Agriculture concluded here on Friday with the signing of protocols which laid the negotiating platform for creation of joint ventures to produce dairy products in Pakistan using raw materials imported from Belarus...

    As a follow-up to the decisions taken at the joint working group’s first meeting, Pakistan has submitted to Belarus protocols for phytosanitary...

  • Pakistan launches new polio vaccine, aims for 2016 wipeout

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday formally launched an injectable polio vaccine, an important step to accelerate its polio eradication campaign as the authorities vowed to wipe out the disease by 2016...

    More than four million children will benefit from the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which will be incorporated into the country's routine immunisation schedule and given to children alongside other jabs...

  • Call for introducing diabetes vaccine in Pakistan

    LAHORE: Professor of medicine at the King Edward Medical University, Dr Irshad Hussain, has called for introduction of vaccine in Pakistan to prevent diabetes since the prevalence of the disease has almost doubled in adults/children...

    “Pakistan is facing a potential threat of diabetes outbreak, particularly in adults due to unhealthy lifestyle,” Prof Irshad told Dawn...

  • Pakistan demands Facebook remove polio vaccine misinformation

    Pakistan urged Facebook to remove harmful polio-related content from the social networking site on Friday, saying it was jeopardising eradication initiatives and putting the lives of vaccinators at risk...

    In recent months social media in the country has been inundated with fake news reports and videos — garnering thousands of views and shares in the last week alone — claiming numerous children have been killed by the polio vaccine......

  • Olive farming takes root in Potohar region

    Now, 52, the farmer did not see his economic condition improve until he took the difficult decision five years ago to turn to olive farming – then an alien practice in the area...

    Like Tajamal, there are scores of other farmers in the Potohar region who have switched to olive farming as the Punjab government has resolved to turn Potohar into an olive valley and is fully facilitating the growers...

  • Sustainable farming needed for food security: FAO

    ISLAMABAD: More productive and sustainable farming systems need to be developed to meet growing food demand, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report said on Monday...

    In the long term, the consolidation of farmland by investors may occur alongside the continuing fragmentation of land operated by traditional farming communities...

  • Flattened by erratic rain, Pakistani farmers ditch crop farming

    Farmers all over Pakistan are suffering the same heartbreak, as a season of unusually heavy rain and cold weather continues to destroy crops across the country...

    Heavily in debt and tired of struggling against the worsening effects of climate change, some farmers have decided to abandon crop farming altogether, instead turning to raising cattle and poultry as more reliable sources of income...

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