Last update: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12pm

Agriculture and Allied: Pakistan


The Met Office has asked the growers to speed up their weeds removing operations to clean fields from unwanted plants to help standing crops utilise the existing soil moisture fully. It said that weeds cause a considerable yield loss every year, which could be removed from standing crops with using any recommended sprays or manually.
Accepting an application for restoration of a plea seeking referendum on controversial Kalabagh Dam, a three-member bench on Thursday referred the matter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for constitution of another bench to hear the case. Watan Party Chief Barrister Zafarullah filed a plea in Supreme in 2002. Notices were issued to Attorney General for Pakistan, all the advocates general and Pakistan Engineering Council in 2006.
Federal government on Thursday expressed serious concern over unwarranted increase in price of sugar in the domestic market despite a downward trend in international sugar prices and availability of sufficient stocks. An inter-ministerial committee meeting presided by Minister for Commerce, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan noted that the sugar industry has earned similar profit on sale of sugar in domestic market which they expected from export.
Pakistan''s rice consignments of some 1,500 containers have been stuck at the Kenyan seaport since January 20 due to cancellation of license of two harbour yards. Pakistani rice exporters have been informed by Kenyan importers that the license of two port yards namely Auto Ports CFS and Portside CFS have been cancelled, after which 100 percent examination condition has been imposed on all consignments imported through these two terminals.
On Wednesday, at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX), value traded was PKR 7,630 million. The number of lots traded was 44.29 million. PMEX Commodity Index closed at 2,577. Major business was contributed by gold amounting to PKR 6,919 million followed by crude (PKR 686.11 million), silver (PKR 24.90 million) and cotton (PKR 0.92 million).
The Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) to launch a contact-with-farmers campaign before running an anti-corruption movement next month and has set up committees to contact and convince them of supporting it. The setting-up of these committees was announced in a joint meeting of the Kisan Board Pakistan, Kisan Board Punjab and Kisan Raaj Movement on Wednesday.
Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has decreased water level in Mangla Dam by 15ft to carry out certain repairs by Wapda engineers. Punjab Irrigation engineers told Business Recorder here on Wednesday that Wapda had requested the water regulatory body to bring down the water level in the Mangla dam for annual repairs of the upgraded reservoir that has the capacity to store 7.5 MAF water.