Pakistan produces 92,000 tons fish annually


STAFF REPORT LHR: About 17 big hatcheries and more than 30 small nursery units of the public sector are providing 93000,000 fish seeds to 9,000 fish farms of private sector where 92,000 metric tons fish is produced annually, said Director General Fisheries Dr. Muhammad Ayub. "Fish seeds being produced at the hatcheries of the Fisheries Department are not only supplied to the private fish farmers but also to Sindh, Balochistan and KP provinces," he told the media at a briefing. He

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Tons of business opportunities are there on cyber space in Pakistan: Waleed Ahmad


Waleed Ahmad is a student of MS (Environmental Engineering) in NUST. He is an avid researcher having knack of entrepreneurship and exploring and incepting new business ideas. He started his first commercial venture alertpayshop.info back in 2009 and now he is the owner of one of the foremost online shopping site jabrondeals.com. He entails rich experience and is now a seasoned cyber entrepreneur. He shared his thoughts with Technology Times in a recent interview







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Govt set to export another 1m tons of potato


STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that Pakistan is capable of exporting up to one million tons of potato because of its bumper crop this year.

Around 32,000 metric tons of local potato has already been exported to Russia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and UAE so far, he said while presiding over a meeting related to potato exports here.

The minister said that the potato growers in Punjab got a bumper crop and its total production had gone to 3.7

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Pakistan to meet 0.3m tons citrus export target


STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is expected to meet the 0.3 million tons of citrus export target this year, earning foreign exchange of $200 million during the season. The expected export of 60,000 to 70,000 tons kinnow during the next 30 to 40 days of this season will help in meeting the set target.

"Out of 0.24 million tons, 0.1 million tons kinnow are exported to Russia where the fruit had better demand. The low price of Pakistani fruit was another reason of enhanced export to Moscow

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Wheat production target set at 19.5m tons in Punjab




STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The Punjab government has fixed the wheat production target at 19.5 million tons for 2015, said Agriculture Executive District Officer Shafqat Hussain Bhatti.
"Action would be taken against adulterated seed and fertilizer mafia," said Bhattti while addressing a seminar on wheat production technology in Multan.
He advised the growers to use approved and recommended seed varieties and fertilizer for maximum wheat yield.
In his remarks, Agriculture

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Govt buys over 9.7m tons wheat from farmers




STAFF REPORT ISB: Provincial Minister for Co-operatives, Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar, has said that the government has purchased more than seven lakh metric tons wheat from the farmers whereas process of wheat procurement is continuing speedily.
He stated this while recently talking to officials of the Food Department regarding wheat the ongoing procurement process.
Malik Iqbal Channar said that bardana for more than 22 lakh metric tons wheat has been distributed among the farmers.

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WFP to distribute 26,000 metric tons of wheat




STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has announced the release of 26,000 metric tons of wheat for distribution in Pakistan by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
The contribution, valued at $10 million, comes at a critical time when funding shortages are threatening WFP’s ability to provide emergency food assistance to almost one million people displaced by violence in the FATA.
"This contribution is greatly welcomed and demonstrates

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Govt procures 600,000 tons wheat


STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has so far procured about 600,000 tons of wheat through its wheat procurement campaign for the year 2014-15 across the crop sowing areas in the country.
During the current crop season, the government will procure about 8 million tons of wheat to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as keep the strategic food reserves, said Deputy Food Security Commissioner, Dr. Imtaiz Ahmad Gopang.
"This year, the favorable weather conditions, timely sowing of

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6.8 million tons rice targeted for next year


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) has set a target of 6.81 million tons of rice (basis milled) production from an area of 2.78 million hectares for the next crop.
According to local sources, of the 6.81 million tons rice production target, the Punjab province is expected to account for 3.5 million tons, Sindh for 2.6 million tons, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for 100,000 tons and Balochistan for around 600,000 tons.
Pakistan is among the world’s top five rice

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Rice production likely to reach 7m tons this year


STAFF REPORT ISB: The SUPARCO says that rice production in Pakistan is likely to reach around 7 million tons in 2013-14 because of higher than expected rabi season rice production this year.

Rice is grown in the Sindh, Balochistan and Southern Punjab regions during the rabi season.

The data shows the rice planting had started in November and reached active vegetative growth stage at the end of January. According to the agency’s SPOT VGT satellite data at the end of January, the

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PARC markets 30 tons canola hybrid seed


STAFF REPORT ISB: The PARC has marketed 30 tons canola hybrid seed to small farmers on nominal rates to eliminate private sector companies monopoly.

The PARC introduced canola during 1980. Scientists bring change in the life of small farmers through introducing high yielding crop varieties and production technologies.

"Scientists also focus on that crops which have great potential to enhance edible production in the country and to minimise the foreign exchange bill on import of

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25 million tons wheat production target set up




STAFF REPORT IBD: The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) has set up 25 million tons wheat production target during the Rabi 2013-14 with availability of fertilizer during December and January.

The meeting held at the PARC headquarters with Federal Food Minister Sikandar Hayat Bosan in the chair, reviewed the kharif crops 2013-14 and to plan production target Rabi Crops 2013-14 for major food crop wheat, gram, lentil, potato, onion, oilseed like rapeseed, mustard and to address

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Pakistan to give 0.1m tons wheat to Iran for power

STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan has authorised the export of 100,000 tons of wheat to Iran in trade in order to settle the dues for electricity supplied to energy-starved border areas of the country. The shipment of 100,000 tons was to be delivered to Iran in February last, however, it was delayed due to the recently held general elections, , the Commerce Ministry has said."The wheat is being given to Iran against the outstanding payment of $53 million for electricity supplied to border areas

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18000 tons oil, 150mmcft gas needed to end shortfall

STAFF REPORT IBD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Mussadiq Malik has said that the caretaker government is taking urgent measures to overcome the power loadshedding across the country.The caretaker prime minister, he said, has recently chaired a meeting of the ministers of finance, petroleum and natural resources, and water and power to address the issue of persistent power shortfall in the country.Talking to media persons here, Dr Mussadiq said that 18,000 tons of oil and

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