News from Pakistan

20-11-2014 00:39 AM
Agriculture is backbone of Pakistan’s economy
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that agriculture is the backbone of the Pakistan’s economy and the government is taking steps to provide support ...
19-11-2014 01:56 AM
Islamabad lifts ban on livestock imports
The Ministry of Commerce has lifted the ban on livestock imports from countries affected by BSE (Mad Cow Disease), turning Pakistan into a large marke...
03-10-2014 06:03 AM
Dairy producers need to address careful balancing act
The dairy products producers in both developed and emerging dairy markets such as Pakistan need to address the careful balancing act required to ensur...
24-09-2014 02:09 AM
Congo virus: Livestock Dept ordered to spray cattle markets
Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique on Tuesday directed the Health Department and the Livestock Department to take steps to prev...
28-07-2014 01:21 AM
Dairy industry cost on the rise
Facing five-day gas closure and up to 10hours daily power breakdowns, the Pakistan Dairy Association has asked the government to take measures on war ...
23-07-2014 09:32 AM
Draft agriculture income tax law ready
A draft law to bring reforms in existing agriculture income tax collection and related laws has suggested seven tax slabs for the assessment of farm i...
09-06-2014 01:59 AM
Livestock, dairy farming backbone of economy, says Shahbaz
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that livestock and dairy farming sector is the backbone of national economy and it can be stren...
02-06-2014 00:39 AM
Plan afoot to ensure 100% vaccination of livestock
The Punjab Livestock and dairy development department has decided to take solid and result oriented steps to ensure 100% vaccination of livestock in t...
28-05-2014 02:32 AM
Pakistan soymeal imports soar, with poultry growth
Pakistan is on the verge of becoming a major importer of soymeal, thanks to the country's surging poultry production and the modernisation of its dair...
13-05-2014 01:44 AM
Regulatory system urged for GM crops
The country is heading for commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops, in the absence of a strong regulatory system, trained staff and well-...
17-03-2014 05:45 AM
Investments in livestock sector can help alleviate poverty
He was speaking at a symposium on Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases organised by the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences (FVS) at the UAF. Khan said the cli...
17-02-2014 03:24 AM
Damaged wheat cannot be used for human consumption
Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has said that damaged wheat can only be used for making animals and birds feed and it is not for...
29-12-2013 15:51 PM
2013 worst year for poultry sector
In last 50 years, outgoing year 2013 has proved to be the worst year for poultry industry as average sale price of chicken during this calendar year r...
29-10-2013 03:12 AM
Farmers using harmful chemical fertilizers to be punished
If you are farmer and using chemical fertilizers for crops, then beware. The government has warned to take strong action against those farmers using h...
27-09-2013 02:09 AM
Government to support poultry industry in enhancing exports
The government is committed to resolve the issues of poultry industry and enhance export of halal processed food to Muslim countries as poultry sector...
04-09-2013 01:43 AM
Poultry processors in hot water
The demand and production of poultry and its meat in Pakistan are on the rise primarily because of high prices of mutton and beef and people becoming ...
28-08-2013 04:00 AM
Floods devastate kharif crops on 400,000 acres
Causing billions of rupees loss to the national economy, the floods have fully damaged the kharif crops on 400,000 acres in 31 districts of Punjab, it...
21-08-2013 02:04 AM
Livestock: All efforts being made to eradicate diseases, says minister
The Federal Government will undertake all necessary steps to assist provincial governments in eradicating animal diseases particularly PPR and Foot an...
02-08-2013 03:34 AM
Pakistan eyes biggest wheat imports in five years
Pakistan is set to become a net wheat importer this year with purchases climbing to the highest in five years after delayed planting and reduced ferti...
29-07-2013 04:04 AM
Firms pitch GM crops in Pakistan
Three multinational companies and a number of national firms have approached the Ministry of Food Security seeking licences to grow genetically-modifi...
01-07-2013 09:22 AM
Pakistan: MTL achieves sale of 32,000 tractors
Despite of poor economic conditions prevailing in the year 2012-13, Millat Tractors Limited (MTL) achieved the sale of 32,000 tractors. Thus, MTL cont...
28-06-2013 11:07 AM
Cattle eviction campaign starts
The district administration launched a massive campaign against keeping cattle in banned 121 urban union councils of City District Government Lahore a...
28-06-2013 09:19 AM
Flood threats: 56,880 cattle vaccinated
Cattle in riverine areas are being vaccinated, District Officer (Livestock) Dr Muhammad Yaqoob Anjum said on Thursday. The campaign that started on...
12-06-2013 10:29 AM
PPP govt misses crucial agriculture target
Pakistan has missed the growth target for the agriculture sector, which grew only 3.3% against the target of 4.1% set for the ongoing fiscal year 2012...
10-06-2013 08:57 AM
Cattle productivity 800% lower despite largest population
With largest animal population on the globe, the average productivity of cattle in Pakistan is about 800 per cent lower than the world’s normal ratio ...
06-06-2013 09:04 AM
Zoonotic diseases threaten livestock as income source
Zoonotic infectious diseases - transmitted between human beings and animals are considered the deadliest public health hazards. Relief Internation...
16-05-2013 09:14 AM
Agriculture sector remains worst hit in last 5 years
Despite having an agricultural economy, Pakistan’s agriculture sector remained the worst hit and most neglected area of the economy in the last five y...
09-05-2013 10:36 AM
US keen to promote agriculture in Pakistan: Ambassador Olson
“Since the 1950s, the United States has been working to support agriculture in Pakistan by introducing the orange and helping to double the country’ w...
25-04-2013 10:54 AM
Agriculture sector to be developed on modern lines
KARACHI: Farmers are the backbone of our national economy, said caretaker Sindh Agriculture Minister NK Lohana while addressing a meeting with small-s...
09-04-2013 08:59 AM
Govt fails to deliver tractors to farmers
The farmers whose names were drawn in the government’s tractor scheme have not received the tractors yet. As per the scheme, those whose names wer...
11-03-2013 06:42 AM
Agriculture: suicide or survival
With a population of over 190 million and growing, Pakistan is under increasing pressure on many fronts with food production, the provision of water, ...
28-02-2013 07:17 AM
Recent rain boon for wheat, other crops
The recent spell of rains would prove as beneficial for the wheat crop which has been cultivated over 20 million acres of land in the country. Paki...
28-12-2012 09:21 AM
Pakistan crops' production targets not achieved
Terming the year 2012 as bleakest year for Agriculture, Agri Forum Pakistan (AFP) claimed that the sector suffered Rs 219 billion losses this year in ...
14-12-2012 08:56 AM
Agriculture: humic acid as a remedy
Agriculture has been the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy for many years, though in recent years its importance has somewhat declined. There are sev...
06-12-2012 09:38 AM
Food security: ‘Govt pursuing pro-agri policies’
Government is pursuing agricultural policies to ensure food security in the country and improve living standards of small farmers,” said Prime Ministe...
29-11-2012 09:28 AM
Experts stress on more investment in agricultural R&D
Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad on Wednesday said Pakistan needs more investment in agricultural research and ...
15-11-2012 07:56 AM
Agriculture suffers as substandard seeds flood market
The agricultural experts have said that developing countries like Pakistan would have to adopt genetically modified/biotech crops in the shortest poss...
14-11-2012 07:19 AM
Agriculture sector under threat in Islamabad
A report by the federal ministry for environment in Pakistan leaked to the media has warned yet again of increased risks from climate change to the ag...
19-10-2012 09:11 AM
Pakistan, Italy ink agreement for olive farming
A three-year project has been launched under the debt-swap agreement between Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and the Italian government f...
17-10-2012 08:26 AM
Women farmers demand right to land ownership
While commemorating World Food Day, women farmers from different parts of the country, in collaboration with ActionAid Pakistan, on Tuesday arranged a...
17-10-2012 08:20 AM
Pakistan is now a wheat exporting country: Zardari
The government achieved remarkable successes in the agriculture sector, wheat production in Pakistan reached highest-ever level of 25 million tons and...
16-10-2012 09:10 AM
Govt accords highest priority to agriculture: Zardari
President Asif Ali Zardari has said the government has accorded highest priority to agriculture and facilitation the farmer community. In his messa...
15-10-2012 09:02 AM
Sheep could be spared cull in Pakistan
A Court in Pakistan has been presented with evidence that could see thousands of Australian sheep spared from being slaughtered on health grounds. ...
10-10-2012 09:02 AM
Livestock suffers from diseases due to fodder shortage
The country’s livestock is suffering from diseases and weight loss due to fodder shortage in the rain-hit areas of upper Sindh, according to official ...
27-09-2012 09:08 AM
US help strengthens farming business
Sixty four specialists of the Ministries of Agriculture from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sindh, and Balochista...
24-09-2012 09:10 AM
Black sheep in Pakistan-Australia trade ties
A delay in resolving amicably issues in import of Australian sheep, that were suspected to be infected, could hurt trade ties between Pakistan and Aus...
17-09-2012 08:27 AM
Pakistan to cull 21,000 infected sheep
Pakistan is to cull thousands of Australian sheep after they were found to be infected with harmful bacteria, the city's top administration official s...
04-09-2012 08:39 AM
Pakistan and Korea ready for joint agriculture ventures
South Korean investors on Monday showed interest for joint ventures in agriculture sector, as Pakistani mangoes have great demand in South Korean mark...
01-08-2012 09:06 AM
4 birds die as toll rises to 124
Another four peacocks died of rani khait disease on Tuesday, despite tall claims by the Wildlife Department, poultry experts and provincial government...
23-07-2012 08:12 AM
Poultry sector attractive for investment
Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof Dr Talat Naseer. Pasha has said that poultry sector is the most att...