STAFF REPORT HYD: The two-month long sporadic protests and long marches of the farmers, belonging to the tail reaches of the Kotri barrage’s irrigation network, are still continuing despite the Sindh CM’s visit to Umerkot and Badin districts to resolve the issue.
According to the estimates of the Sindh Abadgar, rice seed worth Rs4 billion have been lost as the lands where the seed was sown could not get water. The cost of other inputs and labour as well as the expected earnings from the
Pakistan has in most areas of agriculture a monsoon climate, and there might be abundant rainfall during the wet season and then a very long dry season where crop production depends very heavily on irrigation water. In this situation, when ground water is excessively over-pumped to meet agriculture requirement results in formation of salinity and barren lands that in long run causes food scarcity in the country. This man-made practice disrupts the natural hydrologic cycle, causes rivers and
STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector is considered the backbone of the country’s economy, contributing 21.4 per cent to the national output and employing 45 per cent of the labour force.
But this is one of the most neglected sectors that has not been the top priority of successive governments as well as political parties. Farmers are not provided sufficient subsidy, rather subsidised food is given to urban population by keeping support prices of crops at minimum levels to avoid
STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted below normal winter rainfall this year between January and March as a result of which Rabi crops, particularly wheat, will face water shortage in the rain-fed areas. In a latest advisory issued by the PMD, however, expected slightly above normal snowfall over the hills during the ongoing season that would last from January to March.
Issued by its Director-General Arif Mahmood, the department maintained that
Red alert for the political leadership of Pakistan, as the country has been categorized with the water stressed of "80 per cent status, in spite of located within the Asia’s world water tower – the Himalayan mountain ranges. This is a serious and final warning to the decision makers to act on fast track basis to avert any impeding catastrophic situation in the days to come. Altogether there is no concept of IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) practices in the country or
STAFF REPORT IBD: The fertiliZer sector’s performance remained dismal during 2012 mainly due to the unprecedented cut in gas supply: hardly 4.1 million tons of urea was produced against an installed capacity of 6.9 million tons. The sharp decline in the overall production was mainly because of weak performance of SNGPL-based fertiliser plants, facing the worst-ever gas crisis."SNGPL-based fertilizer plants produced only 11.6 percent of their total urea production capacity. Urea productionRead more
By Ijaz KakakhelSOLAR ENERGY generation is the real time solution to Pakistan’s growing energy scarcity problem whereby environment-friendly renewable energy can be produced in the shortest possible time.According to experts, if renewable energy generation options are not adopted, the power shortage will become more acute – to 19,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020. In this regard the government is active in promotion of solar energy in the country. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Water andRead more
STAFF REPORT KHI: Wheat sowing may suffer as goods transporters’ strike has badly disturbed the supply of fertilizers across the country.The application of Di Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) is highly recommended at the time of sowing and the sowing of wheat crop may be delayed in major parts of the country, if DAP supplies are not restored immediately, experts says.The said that the DAP supply is disturbed at a time, when wheat sowing across the country has almost completed and now the farmers needRead more
Staff Report IBD: Engro Fertilizer followed its peers and switched to a loss making regime amid a significant decline in gas supply during the first three months of the current calendar year.The local conglomerate posted a net loss of Rs1.4 billion against a net profit of Rs1.4 billion during January to March 2012, according to details released on its official website.The availability of subsidised imported urea and gas shortage has dented sales of urea – the most widely used fertiliser – byRead more
STAFF REPORT KHI: The agriculture sector of the country will face an overall 20 per cent water shortage from April to June this year increasing the chances affecting the major Kharif crops like rice and cotton, an official in the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has said.Similarly, experts in Sindh Agriculture Forum (SAF), predict that major crops including wheat, cotton, rice and maize especially in Sindh and Punjab will face more than 10 per cent water shortage for irrigation from April toRead more
STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite massive shortage of gas, the two state-owned gas companies have continued to build new pipelines, spending Rs 123 billion over the last six years to add approximately 2 million more consumers to the gas grid.The government had a gas allocation plan as early as 2005 but did not bother to implement it that led to the present gas crisis in the country, sources said.Details say that between July 2005 and June 2011, SNGPL had laid approximately 35,000-km long pipelinesRead more
STAFF REPORT IBD: The national gas transmission network is operating on the edge inPakistan and if timely measures for disconnecting a few sectors were not taken the compressors might trip in January resulting in a forced outage that may persist for two weeks. "The country will be facing a severe gas shortage this month and the situation could be only averted by completely blocking gas supply to industrial and CNG sectors for at least a month," said Petroleum Minister Dr. Asim HussainRead more