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.
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.
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
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
discharge position in rivers and canals
KARACHI-Discharge of water position at all three Sindh
barrages including Gudu, Sukkur and Kotri Barrages is as
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.
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
Punjab surpasses wheat
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Federal Minister of Science and Technology Inaugurates
Islamabad Febrary 14th, 2202. Pakissan.com 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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
China plans to import 8.468m tons of wheat
BEIJING-China plans to import 8.468 million tons of wheat this
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.
10pc fall in cane-sowing area
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Govt to set up Horticultural Board
for development of horticultural products and its exports:
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
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.
New policy on wheat price may raise
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
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.
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
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.
Punjab, Sindh to suffer water
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.
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.
Meeting reviews National Drainage
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.
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