Tag: crops

Ministry to develop less vulnerable crops to climate change

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Climate change ministry to develop new breeds of livestock and varieties of crops, that are less vulnerable to adverse impacts of the climate change after taking input from relevant experts from public and private sectors The agriculture sector is facing five major risks caused by climate change counting as sea level, glacial retreats, floods, higher […]…Read More

Exacerbating effects of climate change on crops

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Climate change and increasing temperature (Global warming) s a serious threat to Pakistan for fulfilling the needs of an increasing population with achieving sustainable food security. Climate change is badly affecting water sources and agriculture of Pakistan. Global warming is affecting the different zones of climates that are influencing the yield and growth cycle of […]…Read More

FRUIT FLY- A Serious Insect Pest of Horticultural Crops in Pakistan.

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article image Fruit fly is a serious pest of fruits and vegetables in Pakistan. It causes intensive fruit losses from 50 to 90%. Mango, guava, citrus, melon, and cucurbits are seriously affected. The quality of fruits, financial losses, health problems and quarantine risk is caused by its attack. Prominent species found in Pakistan are Bactrocera zonata, B. […]…Read More

Hasty approval of GM crops

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Most recently, Senate Committee has approved a bill regarding introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in Pakistan. This development has the potential to deteriorate the already waning agriculture yields along with other negative impacts on environment as GM crops launch in the country has received sharp criticism from the stakeholders. This controversy is likely to persist as the law allows the import and commercialization of GM crops, which many agricultural and environmental experts…Read More

Exotic oilseed crops are need of the time

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article image PAKISTAN IS chronically deficient in edible oil production and domestic production is not enough to meet the requirements for increasing population. From last couple of decades, uncertainty in the production of domestic edible oil has been increased due to certain reasons like native marketing conditions, competition with major cash crops, low price of the produce and increasing cost of inputs resulting in less profitable farming. These uncertainties also confine the production and are…Read More

Multi-fruit crops tendency of stemming increasing hunger

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article image ALMOST 1 BILLION people across the globe will go to bed hungry tonight, 200 million of them children. Most of those people are smallholder farmers who depend on agriculture to make a living and feed their families. Despite an explosion in the growth of urban slums over the last decade, nearly 75 percent of poor people in developing countries live in rural areas. That’s why growth in the agriculture sector has been found, on average, to be at least twice as effective in reducing poverty…Read More

Pesticides are hazardous for crops

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article image PR: The excessive use of pesticides in agriculture is dangerous to crops, beneficial insects, human health and environment. This was stated by Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad while presiding over a meeting of technical committee of a Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) on National Pesticides Residues Monitoring System in Pakistan at PARC. According to experts about 60% of horticultural crops contain pesticides residues above the maximum…Read More

WHO raises scare about genetically engineered crops

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Environmentalists have sounded an alarm in Pakistan following a WHO report that the world’s most widely used Roundup herbicide to kill weeds "probably" causes cancer. "It is a warning for countries like Pakistan where growers of genetically modified (GM) crops are being encouraged to use Roundup," a researcher at the PARC observed. Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate that kills major weeds is identified as carcinogenic. Sri Lanka and…Read More

Crops Rotation – a tool for maintaining soil fertility

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It is observed that during the last decade there is decline in yield in mono-cropping system where same crops are grown on same land in repeated cycles. Mono-cropping system causes weeds and diseases problem in crops because every year or every season, same crops left behind the weed seeds as well as disease causing organism in same land. Mono-cropping system exhausted the nutrients from soil which are essential for plants/crops growth. There is a well-known strategy against mono-cropping…Read More