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20% further decline fear in rice exports
Karachi-Exports of rice from Pakistan has suffered almost by 20 percent in month of January 2002 as compared to previous month mainly due to rupee-dollar disparity and "aggressive marketing" by Indian rice exporters, who are reportedly backed by their government. Detail

Fisheries dept working on integrated farming

PESHAWAR-The Fisheries department was working on a task of introducing the concept of integrated farming with the objective of promotion and development of farming in NWFP. Detail

Possibility of ice melting being examined- Shah

HYDERABAD-Sindh Minister for Irrigation and Power, Syed Ali Mir Shah on Saturday hinted at the scientific study of ice melting in order to overcome the shortage of water in the country. Detail

Free audio, video cassettes on agri topics
Lahore-The Punjab agriculture department has made arrangements to provide information on various agriculture topics to the farming community through audio and video cassettes free of charge. Detail

Water discharge position in rivers and canals

KARACHI-Discharge of water position at all three Sindh barrages including Gudu, Sukkur and Kotri Barrages is as under: Detail

Wheat cultivation in Sindh short of target

DIGRI-Wheat cultivation target which was set for the current year could not be met fully as wheat crop could not be cultivated on 4,60.000 acres of ferile land due to acute shortage of irrigation water in Sindh province. Detail

Farm Services Centre in Chitral

PESHAWAR-To boost up the development of agriculture sector, based on community participation in the decision making, a Farm Services Centre(FSC) is being established at District Chitral.Detail

Punjab surpasses wheat sowing target

LAHORE-Punjab Agriculture Department, despite water shortfall, not only achieved the wheat sowing target of 15.458 million acres fixed for 2001-2002, but also surpassed by bringing a record area of 15.475 million acres under the crop in the province. Detail

Rain gives sigh of relief to farmers
LAHORE A much awaited rainfall during past couple of days gave a sigh of relief to the farmers, apparently bringing an end to the dry-spell at least for the time being. Detail

3.5 m ton surplus wheat this year.
ISLAMABAD-Federal Secretary of Food and Agricultural, Hafeez Akhtar said  that country expects 3.5 million tonnes surplus wheat this year. Detail

Tree plantation on war footing required, says Governor
Lahore Feb 21-PPI: Governor Punjab, Lt. Gen (R) Maqbool Ahmad has said that the changing geographical and economic circumstances are a strong indicator of the fact that we should try to stand on our own feet and utilize our resources which have been blessed by the Allah Almighty so as to achieve self-reliance and self-sufficiency. Detail

New variety of wheat 
Tando Jam-Member, Bio-Sciences, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik has urged Agriculture Scientists to invent such variety of cotton & wheat which requires less water and produce above normal yield to enable cope with water scarcity.

Drip and sprinkle method can save water
KARACHI-The adoption of drip and sprinkle irrigation not only saves water but also results in more yield of various crops.

FAO assisted project completed
Sialkot-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assisted Food Security Pilot Project has been successfully completed in village Malo Mahay of tehsil Daska of Sialkot district in tow years stipulated period.

Prof Ata-ur-Rahman, Federal Minister of Science and Technology Inaugurates Pakissan iVAN,
Islamabad Febrary 14th, 2202. launched its Internet van, which would carry Internet to farmer's doorstep. The Minister for Science and Technology (Most), Dr Atta ur Rehman inaugurated the novel concept, which is being materialized by the private sector of the country Detail

International seminar on digital divide
ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Minister for Science and Technology Attaur Rehman on Thursday inaugurated an international seminar on digital divide here at COMSTECH secretariat. Detail

Dry spell may result in 2m ton less wheat yield

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s agriculture sector can face from 1 to 2 million ton less wheat yield this year because of the continuing dry spell and overall acute water crisis in the country. Detail

Farmers to be educated about field watering planning
LAHORE- Punjab irrigation department has advised its filed chief engineers to educate the farmers about their field watering planning. Detail

Sindh agri losses may rise to Rs 50 b due to dry spell
HYDERABAD-Sindh agriculture production losses might touch Rs 50 billion mark by the time Rabi season is over due to continuous dry spell and water shortage during the past four years. Detail

Rains give wheat farmers some relief
KARACHI-The government said on Saturday recent rains in parts of the country gave renewed hope it could still achieve its wheat output target of 20 million tonnes in 2001/02, despite continuing water shortages in most areas. "The task is still difficult but last week's rains in Punjab have rekindled hopes," said Shafi Niaz, Adviser to President on Agriculture and Livestock. A fourth consecutive year of drought throughout Pakistan has drawn down the country's reservoirs and led to a severe shortage of irrigation water in many wheat-producing areas. February 16, 2002 

Wheat target likely to be achieved, says Junejo

ISLAMABAD-The country, despite severe shortage of irrigation water and drought conditions in rain-fed areas, is likely to achieve wheat production target of 20 million tonnes. Detail

Korangi Fisheries Harbour to become operational in March 2002
ISLAMABAD- Korangi Fisheries Harbour (KFH)  will become operational after grant of fishing licenses to the medium sized vessel operators in March 2002. Detail

Agri Dept plan to increase sunflower yield in Punjab

LAHORE- Agriculture Department Punjab has chalked out a comprehensive plan to increase sunflower production in the province during the current year. Detail

Junejo urges edible oil producers to ensure proper blending

ISLAMABAD- Expressing concern over sub-standard  blending of edible oil, Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock, Khair Muhammad Junejo has urged the producers to abide by the prescribed rules. Detail

20,000 acre brought under fish culture

LAHORE-With the technical assistance of Fisheries Department Punjab, as many as 20 thousand acre of land have been brought under fish culture in the province, while 53 thousand matric ton of fish were produced during the last fiscal year. Detail

No irrigation water after March 10
LAHORE-Punjab Irrigation Department fears massive water shortage after March 10, predicting no supply of canal water for irrigation purpose amid closure of two main dams of the country. Detail

TCP directed to start cotton procurement
KARACHI-The government has asked Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to immediately start procurement of one million bales of cotton to stabilise prices. Detail

China plans to import 8.468m tons of wheat
BEIJING-China plans to import 8.468 million tons of wheat this year.
The Chinese government unveiled 18.3 million tons of tariff quotas for imported grains, including corn, rice and wheat for this year. The quotas were set during Beijing’s negotiations with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) members. Detail

10pc fall in cane-sowing area feared
LAHORE–There will be upto 10 per cent decrease in the area under sugarcane cultivation in the province primarily due to mounting water shortage, said agriculture experts here on Tuesday.

The agriculture experts said that as there were 50-70 per cent water shortage in the river inflows, main crops of rabi, including wheat and sugarcane, would be affected adversely. They said that area under sugarcane would be significantly reduced in canal-irrigated parts of the province. On the other hand, water could be irrigated to wheat crop on only three occasions instead of five times this season.

Meanwhile, an official of provincial Agriculture Department informed that a meeting of Irrigation and Agriculture officials would be held on Wednesday (today) to devise a plan for ensuring availability of water for wheat and other crops on crucial stages.
February 16, 2002

Wheat flour price goes up in Urban Sindh
Hyderabad -Despite the reduction in wheat issue prices by Sindh government, the prices of wheat flour in urban Sindh continue to maintain high rate, it has learnt. Detail

Chanhio for efforts to promote livestock sector

HYDERABAD- Sindh Minister for Food, Agriculture  and Livestock, Hassan Ali Chanhio has emphasised the need of maximum livestock production on latest scientific basis in order to achieve  the demand of required proteins for people in shape of meat. Detail

New variety of sugarcane

KARACHI-A new variety of sugarcane named Thatta-10  has been giving almost three times more yield and two percent more sugar. Detail

Mushroom has immense potential to earn foreign exchange
ISLAMABAD-Production and trade of Mushroom has immense potential to create an employment opportunities and earn precious foreign exchange for the country. Detail

Wheat sowing increases by 0.8%
ISLAMABAD-With completion of wheat sowing process in the country an increase of 0.8% has been registered as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.  Detail

Punjab wheat sowing area down 3.48pc
MULTAN-The wheat sowing area has decreased by 3.48 per cent in the Punjab, revealed the recently released figures by the Crop Reporting Centre, Department of Agriculture, Punjab. Detail

Cotton growers seek govt intervention for payment
MULTAN-The cotton growers have appealed to the government to pressurise the ginners to make them payments for their produce. Detail

Govt to set up Horticultural Board for development of horticultural products and its exports: Shafi Niaz
ISLAMABAD- Advisor to the President of Pakistan, Shafi Niaz said the government is considering for the establishment of a Horticultural Board for the betterment  and development of horticultural products and its export Detail

rojects worth $ 2,27,000 for Livestock development
ISLAMABAD-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has approved a grant of 2,27,000 US$ for the development of Livestock sector in the country. This was disclosed by Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Khair Muhammad Junejo while talking to APP news agency here on Fabuurary 07, 2002. He said a memorandum in this connection has been signed with FAO representative in Pakistan. Detail

New policy on wheat price may raise atta rates
LAHORE—The Punjab government is introducing a cascade price structure under which the issue price of wheat will be fixed on monthly basis from the upcoming procurement drive (2002-2003) which is likely to increase atta price in the market.

Cotton output lower by 3.68pc
KARACHI: Despite remarkable increase in phutti (seed cotton) arrival during the last one month the production recorded up to Feb 1, 2002, still remained lower by 3.68 per cent at 9.011 million bales over the corresponding period of last year's arrival at 9.356 million bales. Detail

Govt urged to direct TCP to buy cotton
KARACHI : Pakistan Cotton Ginners' Association (PCGA) chairman Shaikh Mohammad Saeed on Wednesday urged the government to immediately direct the TCP to resume cotton purchase from ginners. Detail

Brisk trading on cotton market
KARACHI, : Active trading was witnessed on the cotton market on Wednesday as pent-up mill demand briefly caused stir in the ginning sector but there was no major breakthrough as far as physical business is concerned. Detail

Punjab, Sindh to suffer water shortage

ISLAMABAD, Feb 6: Punjab and Sindh, the major wheat growing provinces, will have to suffer a 73.3 per cent and 70pc water shortage, respectively , in the remaining months of the Rabi season, an official announcement said. Detail

'Greater role of private sector in wheat storage'
LAHORE-Punjab Minister for Agriculture Khurshid Zaman Qureshi has said that the private sector would be highly encouraged for increasing storage facilities of agri products. Detail

Meeting reviews National Drainage Programme
KARACHI-Provincial Coordinator, National Drainage Programme (NDP), Brig. (Retd) Abdul Haque presided over the 5th review meeting regarding implementation of projects and issues under NDP here on February 07, 2002.Detail

Cotton crisis in Rahimyar Khan

MULTAN-Cotton crisis has gone bad to worse in Rahimyar Khan district where more than two lakh bales of contamination free cotton are lying unsold with the ginners, who have also stopped purchase of seedcotton (phutti) from the growers. Detail

Three new varieties of cotton evolved
MULTAN-Three new varieties of cotton have been evolved by various cotton research institutes at Multan Bahawalpur and Faisalabad with a view to boosting cotton production in the country. Detail;

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