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Steering Committee of People Network on Food and Agriculture (PNFA) formed "Working Committee on sustainable agriculture policy for Sindh" during the meeting arranged by Society for Environmental Actions, Reconstruction and Humanitarian (SEARCH) at SEARCH Office, Hyderabad in collaboration with Action Aid Pakistan.

The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has reduced water outflow off the Tarbela Dam on the mighty Indus River from 45,000 to 20,000 cusecs for irrigation and hydel power generation purposes as widespread rains in the upcountry and nearly 30,000 running water in its tributary the River Kabul at Nowshera was found sufficient to meet water needs of provinces for irrigating Rabi crops, including wheat, oil seeds, grams, winter vegetables, fodder etc.
Sindh government has decided to ban the cultivation of rice in command areas of left bank canals of River Indus. The provincial government would change the relevant laws to toughen punishments that include six-month imprisonment and a penalty ranging from Rs 0.5 to Rs 2m, depending on the nature of violation of the ban.
Pakistani ghee and cooking oil industry would take up the issue of assessment of duties and taxes by the customs authorities of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), on FOB price which is higher than actual transacted value on import of palm oil from Malaysia, at PVMA-Malaysian Palm Oil Industry Trade Forum to be held at Kuala Lumpur.
Prices of the essential kitchen items have witnessed a mixed trend, according to a survey conducted by Business Recorder on Saturday. The survey indicated that the prices of onions, tomatoes, potatoes, live chicken, eggs, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), registered a decline during the week under review. Prices of the pluses, wheat flour, rice, loose milk, tea and spices remained unchanged while the prices of packed milk, bakery items, including bread and jams, registered an increase.
The Economic Co-ordination Committee of the Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Saturday approved an amount of Rs 960 million for payment of two months'' salaries to workers of Pakistan Steel on an urgent basis. Chairman Pak Steel briefed the meeting about the current profile of Pak Steel saying some difficulties were being faced in production due to power and gas shortage.
Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA-Northern Zone) has urged the government to suspend all local, provincial and federal taxes for one year besides rescheduling of bank loans by the poultry sector enabling it to come out of the prevailing crisis being faced by it.


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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