ICTs use stressed to boost per acre yield

STAFF REPORT ISB: Use of information technology to enhance agricultural production is need of the hour as has been successfully experienced in the developed states.
This was told by Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz, CIMMYT Country Representative to Pakistan while addressing a workshop at NARC, Islamabad, on role of ICT in agricultural production and its challenges for technology transfer in Pakistan.
In his remarks, Prof. Dr. Babar Shahbaz, Project Manager (ICT), briefed the audience about the

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National policy stressed to combat pests

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Agriculture University, Faisalabad, has taken up the gauntlet of preparing a national policy on pests as Pakistan is facing tougher warning because of fruit fly problem.
The stakeholders will gather next week at the university to thrash out its contours. Such a policy has been long overdue.
The international community has demonstrated that over 80pc of fruit fly losses could be controlled through better management practices
On the next level, the policy must

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Need stressed to explore Russian food, veggie market

STAFF REPORT KHI: The government has done very little to improve trade relations with Russia, which is adversely affecting the export of fresh food.
According to fruit and vegetable exporters, Russia can become one of the most important markets after its ban on various European Union’s food products and, despite the recent economic slowdown in Russia, a huge quantity of oranges and potatoes can be exported.
"We want of the government to engage Russian authorities on different

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Corrective measures stressed to save local poultry sector

STAFF REPORT LHR: Under-invoicing on import of poultry products is on the rise, as presently processed chicken meat is being imported at 75 Cents per kg from China while the rate of this same boneless, fatless and ready-to-cook chicken product is not less than $4 per kg across the world, massively damaging the industry of Pakistan.
Experts from the poultry industry have asked the government that all impediments which increase the cost such as lower capacity utilization, import duties

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Strict re-verification of SIMs stressed in Sindh

STAFF REPORT KHI: Inspector General Police, Sindh, Ghulam Hayder Jamali, has constituted a committee of DIGs including DIG CIA and Zonal DIGs of Karachi to formulate practical recommendations in close coordination and discussion with PTA, Karachi Zone, with regard to SIMs issued before introducing Biometric Verification System (BVS) especially.
The committee, during a meeting, has further been directed to identify the quantum of unverified SIMs issued and to recommend suitable action

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Modern farming skills stressed for mountain areas

SIDRA SAIF ISB: Agriculture experts at a roundtable, while mentioning that majority of the people in mountain area is not well aware of modern agricultural practices, said there is a need to give new knowledge and initiate skill development programmes about machinery usage and upgrade their agriculture for better productivity.
The roundtable was jointly was organized by ICIMOD, IOM, PIDE and PARC in Islamabad.
Purpose of the event to discuss the policy implications of the research

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Check on mercury amalgam stressed to save environment

MONITORING REPORT ISB: Mercury emitted from dental amalgam badly affects human beings, aquatic and terrestrial animals, micro-organisms, plants and the entire environment, said Dr. M. Khawaja from SDPI while speaking at a global meeting of experts on "South, South-East Asian Summit for Mercury Free Dentistry".
Asian Center for Environmental Health has recently organized the meeting in Dhaka in association with World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry (WAMFD) and Washington

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Research on invasive species threatening environ stressed

STAFF REPORT KHI: Invasive species have emerged as a major problem in many countries with boost in trade and traffic volume affecting their ecology, economy and health, said marine experts at an international workshop recently held in Karachi.

The three-day workshop on Bio-invasion and ballast water management’ was organised by Saarc Coastal Zone Management Centre in collaboration with Climate Change Division. It was informed at the event that a number of invasive species have been

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UN girls education policy at dist level stressed

STAFF REPORT LHR: The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in collaboration with the UNICEF and the School Education Department (SED) has recommended home-based education as an alternative schooling, greater utilisation of available infrastructure and resources to cater to more students, and formulation of an education calendar by districts instead of provincial government.The policy brief on the Impact of Climate Change on the Education of Most Excluded Children in

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Promotion of environmental sustainability stressed

STAFF REPORT ISB: Irregular urbanization and rise of pollution in urban centers of Pakistan pose tremendous risks for the environmental security of the country.
This was expressed by Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairman Board of Governors, SDPI, at a recently held workshop on Environment and Climate Change in Islamabad.
The workshop was organized by SDPI in partnership with the Senate Sub-Committee on Environment.
The workshop was designed for media personnel and policy-makers to broaden

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Innovative, modern farming solutions stressed

STAFF REPORT RWP: Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar has said that the upcoming era is the arena of competitive struggles and it is necessary to extirpate the inglorious evils of hunger, famine, maladies, deprivation and destitution.
Addressing the 15th convocation of Pir Mehr Ali Shah PMAS-AAUR, he said being an agrarian economy Pakistan needs innovative and modern solutions in agriculture not only for the development and prosperity, but also for food security of its people.

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More climate change projects stressed

STAFF REPORT LHR: Several neighbours of Pakistan are working on projects to mitigate climate change and receiving aid from international donors, while Pakistan has not been investing in climate change projects.
"The four scenarios of climate change: extreme heat, urban flooding, drought and rise in sea level. Policymakers should start thinking about investing in climate change projects," said Farhan Anwar, an expert on strategic planning. He was speaking on the concluding day

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Need stressed for sowing climate, saline resistant crops

STAFF REPORT FSD: Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Prof. (Dr) Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that as many as 6.8 million hectares of land in the country is under the grip of salinity, raising the threat of food insecurity. However, the land could be cultivated by sowing climate and saline resistant crops to increase the production and to alleviate poverty, he added.
He was speaking at a seminar held on Kinnow under the aegis of JK Agricultural Farms.

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Strong industry-academia links stressed for progress

STAFF REPORT LHR: Strong links between academia and the industry should be promoted to strengthen the economy and the government wants to integrate higher education with the economy and would allocate a large amount for education in the next budget.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said this while addressing the 3rd session of Invention to Innovation Summit organised by the Punjab University’s Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation.


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Reforms stressed for socio-economic uplift

STAFF REPORT ISB: Development is not possible without public sector reforms and we are working with academia and research institutions like SDPI to move forward in reform of civil service, taxation system, policing, criminal justice system and education, said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, while meeting with Dr. Peter Taylor, from IDRC, Canada.

The minister said, "We appreciate the valuable input SDPI provided in the formation of our Vision

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Timely completion of memor and um draft stressed before 3G-4G auction

STAFF REPORT ISB: State Minister for ITandT Anusha Rahman has stressed the need for complete information memorandum (IM) draft in order to carry out the spectrum auction in time.

The consultants briefed the minister regarding different aspects of the preparation of IM draft. The minister was also informed that procedural avenues for spectrum auction would be held soon.

"It is the utmost priority of the government to ensure that the upcoming spectrum auction is done in a

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Hybrid cars promotion stressed through low prices

STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (Paapam) has asked the government to take action against auto dealers mafia for their illegal activities, causing damage to the local auto industry by illegally importing used cars and hoodwinking innocent customers by selling them old vehicles at exorbitant rates, says a statement issued here by the association.

"Despite government’s budgetary measures to bring down the prices of used

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