Agriculture

‘Completion of Gomal Zam Dam project to boost agriculture’

January 26, 2020

PESHAWAR: Timely conclusion of the watercourses project at the Gomal Zam Dam (GZD) will serve to enhance agricultural production in the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said Chief Minister Mahmood Khan. The CM was chairing a meeting on the subject, where he instructed the relevant officials to ensure that the[...]

Rs5.762bn released by Govt for agriculture sector development projects

January 11, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms has authorised the release of Rs5.762 billion to fund development projects of agriculture sector under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the current financial year against the total allocation of Rs12.047 billion. The concerned authorities have also authorised the release of[...]
KP govt to pass law for protection of agricultural land

KP govt to pass law for protection of agricultural land

January 7, 2020

PESHAWAR: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is working on introducing legislation to prevent the construction of illegal housing societies on agricultural land. According to KP Agriculture and Livestock Department officials, all housing societies would be required to obtain no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the government prior to launching their respective projects[...]
Embracing agri-tech to ensure plentiful food, say experts

Embracing agri-tech to ensure plentiful food, say experts

December 1, 2019

BHURBAN: Agricultural technology – specifically biotechnology – along with responsible agricultural practices has been underpinned as the solution to address the alarming decrease in available farmland as a two-day workshop concluded its proceedings. Speakers at the ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ workshop said that compared to 1950, the global population is projected to[...]
Poverty mitigation possible through Agri development: World Bank

Poverty mitigation possible through Agri development: World Bank

November 22, 2019

ISLAMABAD: According to the World Bank, agricultural development can alleviate poverty, enhance shared prosperity and provide for a projected 9.7 billion people by 2050. Farm output constitutes 18.5% of Pakistan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, the small farmers which make up 38.5% of the national labour force are neglected and[...]
Development schemes worth Rs10 billion approved by Punjab govt

Development schemes worth Rs10 billion approved by Punjab govt

November 16, 2019

LAHORE: Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved three development schemes of the agriculture sector, Specialised Healthcare and Medical education (SHC&ME) and the irrigation sector costing Rs10,808.375 million. The schemes were approved in the 25th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) for the current fiscal year 2019-20 which[...]
ECC raises wheat support price after 5 years

ECC raises wheat support price after 5 years

November 14, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The minimum support price of wheat has been increased by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to help safeguard the interest of growers and ensure food security for the consumers, raising the rate from Rs1,300 to Rs1,350 per 40 kg. The revision took place after participants of the ECC meeting,[...]
Increase in exports to China on the cards

Increase in exports to China on the cards

November 12, 2019

BEIJING: Considerable increase in products and geographic coverage will set a new tone for exports to China as the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) enters its second phase, said Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood. Seizing the opportunity given by the Chinese government to increase the volume[...]
Rs3.991bn released by the Government for agriculture development projects

Rs3.991bn released by the Government for agriculture development projects

November 8, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms has approved the release of Rs3.991 billion for various development projects in the agriculture sector under the 'PM Agriculture Emergency Programme' for the uplift of agriculture and livestock sectors in the country under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) 2019-20. Release of Rs4.819[...]
Farmers asked to contribute more to irrigation water tax

Farmers asked to contribute more to irrigation water tax

November 4, 2019

HYDERABAD: The Farmers Organisations (FOs) of Pakistan were advised to play a more active part in infrastructural development by paying a higher amount of the irrigation water tax, to help authorities raise funds to finance relevant projects. A team leader of the World Bank's task force on irrigation Toru Kinoshi,[...]