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Pollinators decline; a threat to world food supply

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article image Pollination is a natural ecological process that benefits mankind and is mainly done by insect population. Insects pollinate crops, assist the process of food production and significantly increase the yield of certain crops. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower of the same species, which results in fertilization of plant ovaries and the production of seeds. Pollinators visit flowers in their…Read More

Sunflower cultivation on the decline in Punjab

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: As sunflower sowing has started in Punjab, the situation appears grim for the crop as it has lost almost 65pc of area to other competitive crops, coming down from 242,000 acres in 2009 to 86,500 acres in 2016. The drop occurred when officials palanned to double the area during the same period from 242,000 acres to 480,000 acres. The sunflower acreage lost, has gone to wheat and maize, and, to a lesser extent, sugarcane. The official plan of doubling the acreage…Read More

Sindh villagers witness decline in farms yields

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STAFF REPORT THATTA: The area of Kharo Chan is witnessing a steep decline in the crops production as the salty sea water has started rising in the region following the sweet water of Indus River going down especially after the construction of Kotri Barrage.Nearly 300 families living in Kharo Chan village have bitter memories to share. Allah Din, a farmer, said, "There was a time when the area was lush green and fertile. For nearly 150 years this area fed all of Sindh with its record rice…Read More

Agriculture productivity on the decline

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STAFF REPORT LHR: There is a significant increase in the number of food insecure people in Pakistan, which now stands at 51 per cent of the total population as compared to about 22 per cent five years back; this is largely due to the decline in agricultural production, especially in Punjab caused by ill-conceived policies."Agriculture productivity declined between 2007 and 2011 in the Punjab, whereas in Sindh agriculture productivity got increased, despite the fact that its area under…Read More

Internet penetration on the decline

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has witnessed a decline in its internet penetration as it lost its position of 54 to 61 as compared to 2011 and 2012.The Financial Development Report 2012 released by World Economic Forum reveals that the internet users in Pakistan have increased to more than 25 million due to its online accessibility through mobile phone services on affordable tariffs.According to Internet Service Providers Friendship of Pakistan (ISPAK), the estimated Internet users are on the rise…Read More

Pakistan fish, shrimp resources on the decline

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is fast losing the fish resources as several species of fishes and shrimps have started disappearing especially along the country’s coasts, reveal fresh surveys conducted to assess the resources the country used to possess several year back."Pakistan’s fish stocks are depleting at a rate of 15 per cent a year. Local fishermen, and not the deep-sea fishing trawlers, are responsible for devastating fishery resources as they used nets of small mesh size, taking…Read More

Pakistan in red zone in water conservation decline

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: Adoption of modern water conservation methods and agricultural practices is imperative to cope with the water scarcity as Pakistan has been placed in red zone due to low per capita water availability at 1,000 cubic metres. India has 1,600 cubic metres of water per person per year while major European countries have up to twice as much ranging from 2,300 cubic metres in Germany to 3,000 cubic metres in France.These were the views of speakers who addressed a seminar titled "…Read More