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Food for thought for food regulators

Food for thought for food regulators

Webinar on ‘Halal Industry in Pakistan: Potential and Challenges’ organised very recently by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), has rightly pointed out that the volume of global Halal food trade is more than $3 trillion though Pakistan’s share is barely 0.25 percent and there is a need to increase. As such there is a need to increase Pakistan’s Halal food production and exports of semi-cooked …

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Digitilization trends in agriculture

Digitilization trends in agriculture

The Punjab government deserves some commendation for initiating a digital solution to strengthen its wheat monitoring and regulation mechanism, and to prevent hoarding and price hike. According to a report published in local English daily, the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has developed software to help the province’s food authorities to track and regulate wheat and flour delivery in the open market. Though, a good initiative, this will not benefit …

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FFC’s contribution to Pakistan

FFC’s contribution to Pakistan

Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFC) is the leading fertilizer manufacturing & marketing company of the country, with around 4 million tons per annum sales volume and widespread dealers’ network across the country. FFC manufactures & markets its own Sona Urea (Prilled) and associated company FFBL products Sona Urea (Granular) & Sona DAP. In order to promote balanced fertilizer use and contribute in national food security, FFC is also marketing imported …

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Potential of agriculture sector

  Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. Pakistan is one of the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the world besides being the largest overseas exporter of cotton and other agri products. It accounts for around 21.4 percent of GDP and about 45 percent of Pakistan’s population depends directly on agriculture. It is claimed that Pakistan is always governed by big landlords yet agriculture sector remained worst hit …

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Achieving food security

  The successive governments in Pakistan have been focusing on industrial sector and ignoring agriculture. The focus remained on import substitution rather than exploiting comparative advantage. This is evident from the fact that crop yields in Pakistan are lowest, even below those achieved in India. Both the countries enjoy similar land and climatic conditions but India has been focusing more on improving yield and has been successful to a large …

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Making Balochistan the food basket of Pakistan

  Balochistan is known as the fruit basket of Pakistan because of its production of high-quality fruits in bulk. The province can also become the country’s food basket if its wheat yield potential is fully and efficiently tapped. It has wheat varieties yield potential of 6.5MT/hectares, but it is getting only 2.4MT/hectares. The province gets 95 percent wheat from irrigated and 5 percent from rain-fed areas. A long-term strategy needs …

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Contribution of agriculture in GDP

  Agriculture is a predominant activity in most developing countries. As economic growth and development take place, importance of agriculture tends to decline according to the sources. The declining share of agriculture is, however, a slow phenomenon and is felt only over a relatively long time horizon. In Pakistan, the agriculture sector continues to be an essential component in the economy. It currently contributes 21 per cent to GDP. Agriculture …

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Livestock a mainstay of Balochistan’s economy running at a loss

  Being a pastoral economy Balochistan is yet to exploit its tremendous potential in livestock sector. Animals are traditionally kept for meeting household milk and meat needs. Livestock development is linked with poverty alleviation in the province, as its 70 percent population is directly or indirectly involved in livestock rearing activities. The province is rich in livestock resources contributing about 40 percent of Pakistan’s total livestock population. The main consumers …

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Adopting Chinese eco-farming best to increase agri yields, meeting food security

  China has developed itself as a major farm producer even though it accounts for 10 percent of cultivable land world-wide it accommodates 20 percent of world food demand while comparing per hectare yields of Pakistan and China, Pakistan’s per hectare rice yield is 3.1 tons whereas China is the largest producer of rice with per hectare yield of 6.5 tons, similarly Pakistan produces pulses per year with per hectare …

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Livestock & crop insurance — An effective tool to avert flood losses

  The flood and the deluge has caused heavy losses in the form of human life, crop, livestock, property and infrastructure, which are preliminary estimated at US$200 million, however, exact number of losses would be quantifiable when the process of restoration will start specially in Punjab. However, the flood ravages this year are much less compared to the flood devastations, which had cost over US$10.1 billion in 2010. It is …

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