Constraints in livestock sector in Pakistan


By Muhammad Mohsin Raza, Zeeshan Sattar, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Sabir Khan

LIVESTOCK IS an important sector in agriculture. It represents 52.2 per cent of agricultural value added and contributes 11 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Some 30-35 million rural people depend directly or indirectly on livestock for their livelihood. It has potential to absorb more rural labour to reduce rural poverty if proper attention is given to this sector. Pakistan is proud to be the fifth

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Backfiring of enhanced WHT on telecom sector

THE INCUMBENT government in its first annual budget for the year 2013-14 has come up with an aggressive but innovative’ style to increase as well as expand the tax net in Pakistan. As part of this strategy, it has not spared the IT and telecom sector as it has slapped another five per cent withholding tax from the old 18 per cent to 25 per cent on this sector from July 1, 2013. This raise in withholding tax would further put an extra burden on the already heavily taxed telecom sector, rather

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Taxes, duties on IT, telecom sector to remain same

STAFF REPORT IBD: The telecom and information technology industry will remain unchanged in the next financial year as the federal government has not touched in the finance bill for the year 2013-14 and all the taxes will likely to remain unchanged.Apparently there is no hope that the government would bring down the taxes ratio imposed on the telecom and IT sector, which has shown its strong reservations over the 19.5 per cent FED and 10 per cent WHT on telecom services.It is be noted here that

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More steps needed to tap IT sector potential

STAFF REPORT IBD: The IT industry can play a major role in bolstering the economy of Pakistan as demonstrated by countries like India, Philippines and Singapore. This local sector has started strongly emerging as a global IT destination, as over 100,000 people are officially employed in the IT sector of Pakistan and many more are informally employed. However, unfortunately this sector has not been given the same industry status as textile and other industries."There is a desperate need for

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Germany keen to invest in agriculture sector

STAFF REPORT KHI: Germany, the most powerful economy of European Union (EU), has expressed its interest in investing in Pakistan’s strong agriculture sector for bilateral cooperation."Pakistan has tremendous potential in agriculture sector and Germany wants to bilateral cooperation in this sector," said German Council General Dr Tilo Klinner while speaking to an interactive session organised by Pakistan German Business Forum (PGBF) at Goethe Institute.He said that Germany is trying

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Farm sector to have biogas-run tube wells

STAFF REPORT FBD: As Pakistan’s agriculture sector is persistently facing the brunt of the energy crisis which has made it impossible for farmers to operate tube wells, a Netherlands-funded programme is promoting biogas as an alternate fuel to run tube wells.Agriculturists say that they are handicapped as they cannot get water from canals or operate tube wells due to the prevailing energy crisis, and since most of the farmers come under the low-income bracket, they cannot go for expensive

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Fertilizer sector to invest over $100m for gas fields

STAFF REPORT LHR: In Pakistan fertilizer units getting gas from SNGPL have expressed intentions to invest $100 million for the development of dedicated lower BTU gas fields. This is aimed at improving the gas supply to fertilizer plants to improve capacity utilization of local plants instead of depending on costly imported urea.The fertilizer sector has been facing severe curtailment of gas since April 2010, one of the worst affected sectors, which has worsened the rural economy over the last

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Reprioritising the energy sector


THE PERFORMANCE of fertilizer sector in Pakistan may remain dull in coming months as official authorities consider that diversion of gas from fertilizer plants to power sector is the only solution for the new government to reduce power loadshedding on an urgent basis. The gas curtailment to fertilizer plants like Engro and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL) may not get further aggravated as these plants are already getting gas far below the approved quota. According to the agreed

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Saarc states coop must to metrology sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: A two-day SAARC-PTB 2nd Coordination Conference on Regional cooperation in Metrology has recently concluded in Islamabad, which was participated by delegates from all the SAARC members States."The initiative taken by the government of Germany-based Precision Technical Board (PTB) is a good step for coordination among the SAARC countries regarding the cooperation in all kinds of metrological organizations and cooperation with national metrology institutes all over the world

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Political approach and S and T sector


THE ELECTION fever has started gripping the whole Pakistani nation with the general elections getting near. Political forces of the country, particularly, are flexing their muscles and have planned to attract or convince the voters by applying various strategies to ballot their votes in their favour. At this stage, almost all political parties have finalized their manifestoes and shared with the public announcing their list of priorities to run their future government if voted to power.

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Agri scientists to plan improve farm sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: Research associations in scientific institutions have been playing an important role in promoting scientific research and development activities to help bring social and economic prosperity in a society."Agri scientists to prepare a work plan based on long-, medium- and short-term strategies to move forward for the agricultural development in the country," said Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, while addressing the oath-taking

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Telecom sector performed better in 2012

STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite challenging economic environment in the country, the telecom sector of Pakistan performed relatively better and most telecom indicators showed positive growth in the financial year of 2012.According to statistics, the total teledensity crossed 71.7 per cent at the end of June 2012, telecom revenues reached Rs 411 billion showing a growth of 11 per cent over FY2011, broadband subscribers crossed the mark of 2.1 million and cellular subscribers reached 120 million at the

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Reforming farm sector through broadband


THE BARRIERS of time and distance are easily broken down through availability of high speed internet facility to people at their doorstep allowing them to have a chance to participate in the civic and economic life that lies far beyond their territorial boundaries. Where almost all sectors are steadily reaping the benefits of this IT revolution, the farming sector especially in remote and rural areas can get developed, as it can eradicate the logistical restrictions of business models based

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Tapping telecom sector potential is our aim: Fan

Fan Yunjun, CEO, CMPak Ltd., has emerged as an established brand in telecom networking besides proving his mettle in marketing and executive management. Holding a Ph.D. degree in engineering and carrying a 12-year rich diverse experience, Fan believes in team work as he realises that an individual can contribute a lot, but cannot build a great organisation. He plans to take China Mobile’s investment graph in Pakistan’s mobile phone sector to new heights in future. During his recent interview

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Ministry developing new tech to boost farm sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is developing new technologies to enhance the efficiency of farm produce."The ministry will establish facilities for producing quality-controlled Halal food for Muslim consumers in different parts of the world and will support schemes for modern techniques in poultry, livestock and fish farming," an official said.Chairperson PCST Dr Mudasar Asrar said that despite contributing 20-25 per cent to GDP and being the mainstay

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Seafood sector shows negative growth

STAFF REPORT KHI: The seafood production has registered a negative growth last fiscal as its performance was dropped by 24 per cent, as target was set at 0.73 million tons in 2012-13 in Pakistan. Seafood industry experts said that around 0.26 million ton of inland and 0.47 tons of marine fish production is estimated during the year 2012-13 to fulfil the domestic consumption as well as to export. Efforts are, however, being made to convince European countries to resume buying while improving

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Rains to fetch Rs 15b benefits to farm sector

STAFF REPORT LHR: The recent spell of widespread rains have given a benefit of at least Rs 15 billion to the farmers at a very critical stage of crops especially, wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, vegetables and fodder."Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province of Punjab. These crops need urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes," said Director General Agriculture Extension Services

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