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Agriculture and Allied: Pakistan

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There is a huge gap between ordinary and progressive farmers in terms of per acre yield and usual agricultural practices as the latter is getting 70 to 80 mounds wheat per acre compared to the average yield of 28 mounds.
The Punjab government has devised comprehensive and solid policy with the consultation of farmer's organisations for the purchase of wheat in a transparent manner by providing all out facilities to the wheat growers.
Prices of most of the essential commodities have remained stable during last week, except slightly increase in rates of rice, cooking oil/ghee, flour and chicken in retail and wholesale markets.
Local traders and merchants have complained the poor security arrangements at the largest fruit and vegetable trading and exporting market (Enkelaab Sabzi mandi) in Peshawar. They have demanded of government to establish a full-fledged police at check post and patrolling mobile at the market, to ensure safety and protection to them.
Punjab Agriculture Department has delisted 13 pesticide distributors across the province after failing to meet criterion of required infrastructure. A notification, released by the director general of the Punjab Pest Warming and Quality Control of Pesticides, said on Saturday that as many as 13 pesticide dealers had been delisted and they were no longer on the department's active list following a recommendation by an expert committee.
The prices of essential kitchen items excluding some pulses and chicken have witnessed a further decline in this past week compared to preceding week, found a survey carried out by Business Recorder on Saturday. The survey observed that the price of live chicken in the wholesale market increased by Rs 1,500 per 40 kg from Rs 5,000 per 40 kg to Rs 6,500 per 40 kg, while in the retail market, chicken is being sold at Rs 180 per kg against Rs 150-155 per kg, while chicken meat price has once again crossed Rs 300 per kg mark which is being sold at Rs 310 per kg.
Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) officers Saturday called for implementation of ad hoc relief allowances and revision in pay scales announced in annual budgets. On behalf of all officers of Pakistan Steel Mills, Mirza Maqsood Ahmed Secretary Pakistan Steel Officers Ittehad - an alliance of officers' association, has written a letter to the secretary Ministry of Industries & Production for implementation on the budget announcements.