NA briefed about lowest spending on S&T sector


STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly Standing Committee has been informed that Pakistan is spending only 0.5 percent of the GDP on scientific research which is lowest in the region.

Such low spending is negatively affecting economy and job creation in the country, officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology told the committee.

Briefing the committee, which met with Tariq Bashir Cheema in the chair, Secretary SandT Kamran Qureshi alleged that science and technology has been

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Pak spending on farm research lowest in Asia

STAFF REPORT IBD: Spending on agriculture research in Pakistan is lowest even by regional (Asian) standards, let alone the world ones."This lack of funding has deprived farmers of higher productivity benefits," said Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) Chief Executive Dr Mubarik Ali while speaking at a consultative meeting with agricultural media reporters.He pointed out that the country was investing between 0.25 to 0.29 per cent of agriculture GDP on research, whereas India was

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