Last update: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03am

Agriculture and Allied: Pakistan


Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) under the directives of Punjab Chief Minister has formulated a well-knitted 3-year plan costing Rs4.76 billion for tracking agriculture sector on modern lines for making it profitable in the Province.
A mix trend in prices of essential food commodities, including pulses, vegetable, sugar, chicken, eggs, was witnessed as rates of some items decreased while other increased slightly in retail market, according to survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday.
A large number of citizens, families and children throng the exhibition arranged by Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Department (AL&FD) here on Sunday to enjoy the unique cattle parade, horse and camel dance, birds show and unique entertainment of flowers during the event.
Pakistan has become the fourth largest market for cooking oil after China, India and United Arab Emirates and third largest importer of the commodity at globe, experts said at a conference on Saturday. Increasing imports of the edible demands setting up of one more import terminal at sea ports, they said at a one-day conference on Pakistan Edible Oil Conference (PEOC) and exhibition held at a local hotel on Saturday.
In order to initiate work on grafting of olive trees on commercial basis, an awareness seminar was held at Tarkikhel village of district Karak to take on board the local farmers of the area. While addressing to the seminar, organised jointly by Khushal Khan Khattak University Karak with the collaboration of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Director Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) of KKKUK Dr Zubair, Scientific Officer of Pakistan oil seed development board Dr Azmat Ali and Assistant Manager SMEDA Hafizulllah and others threw light on the importance of the olive for the farmers and claimed that soil and environment of the district was suitable for this tree.
Mahmood Moulvi Chairman Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has urged the government for a relief package for rice export like textile sector to earn more foreign exchange. He expressed his heartiest gratitude to S.M. Muneer Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Zubair Tufail President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) for taking up the rebate matter of rice exporters with Muhammad Ishaq Dar Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue during his recent visit to FPCCI Head Office Karachi.
Rice exporters have urged the federal government to give them due share in Rs 180 billion incentive package announced for the export sector being the second largest export commodity after textile and placing Pakistan in the top five rice exporting countries of the world.