Last update: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07pm

Agriculture and Allied: Pakistan


KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government and federal government had reached near agreement on the construction of longstanding Cheshma Left Canal (CLC) and work on the project will start soon. He was addressing a public meeting at Tehsil Kulachi after inaugurating Gomal Zam Command Area Project in district D.I. Khan on Saturday.
The Met Office has asked the farmers to sow winter vegetables on time for a better yield. It said farmers might sow recommended varieties of seeds in consultation with the agricultural officials before their sowing. Keeping in view the continuing dry weather spell, farmers should plan their fields' irrigation as per need, especially those relying on tube-wells.
Tea maker Lipton Yellow Pakistan is all set to increase tea price by Rs 50-60 per kilogram within next few weeks, traders in the wholesales market said on Saturday. Traders at Gang Mandi Rawalpindi during a survey told Business Recorder that the Lipton Yellow Pakistan has intimated that within next few weeks the company will increase the commodity price by Rs 50-60 per kg. Lipton Yellow Label per kg pack is being sold at Rs 640 which is likely to touch Rs 700 if the company increases the price, the traders added.
Poultry export to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been in ''red zone'' for last 10 years due to apathy of the commerce ministry and Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi, well-informed sources told Business Recorder. The UAE had imposed a ban on the import of poultry in 2006 after avian influenza (bird flu) broke out in Pakistan. However, Pakistan had been declared disease-free in 2008, which was also certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Like his farming neighbours, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests and sells his winter crop a few months later. But this year, there are no wheat stalks are to be seen on his 3 hectares (5 acres) of land in Rawat, a town some 12 miles (20 km) from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.
Punjab Irrigation Minister and Chairman Punjab Irrigation & Drainage Authority (PIDA) Amanatullah Shadikhel has said that a dedicated team of water sector professionals would be constituted to revamp the world's largest contiguous network of canals on modern lines to supply equitable canal water to the farmers. He further said that quality of work of development projects initiated to repair and modernise the colossal irrigation network in the province would be fully maintained.
Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Abdul Basit on Friday said, "Pakistan is not begging for dialogue. If India is not ready, we can always wait." In a comprehensive interview with Indian newspaper "The Hindu" Abdul Basit discussed the increasing hostility between India and Pakistan highlighted "the need to break the impasse" between the two countries. He said, "Talking to each other is inevitable. Whether it happens one year down the road or three years down the road."