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Cuba, Louisiana sign memoranda on ports, agriculture

HAVANA: Cuban authorities and officials from the U.S. state of Louisiana on Tuesday here signed memoranda pertaining to ports and agriculture after a business forum attended by a trade delegation headed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. The understanding signed by the Port Authority of Cuba and the Port Association of Louisiana includes installations in the New Orleans and Lake ... Read More »

Agriculture Ministry to revisit decision to reduce farmhands after protest

AMMAN: The Ministry of Agriculture on Monday formed a committee to reconsider a recent decision to reduce the number of non-Jordanian farm workers following objections by Mafraq farmers. The new regulations stipulate that one foreign worker can be employed per 50 dunums of agricultural land instead of 20 dunums, according to officials and farmers’ representatives. The regulations sparked the ire ... Read More »

Agriculture Ministry to revisit decision to reduce farmhands after protest

AMMAN: The Ministry of Agriculture on Monday formed a committee to reconsider a recent decision to reduce the number of non-Jordanian farm workers following objections by Mafraq farmers. The new regulations stipulate that one foreign worker can be employed per 50 dunums of agricultural land instead of 20 dunums, according to officials and farmers’ representatives. The regulations sparked the ire ... Read More »

Jordan to finance agriculture 6 year projects in ‘poverty pockets’ worth of $11m

AMMAN: A multi-component scheme that targets small-scale farmers in several parts of the Kingdom was launched on Tuesday. In a country where the agriculture sector contributes to only 2.9 percent of the gross domestic product, the project aims to support the delivery of more efficient agricultural services and programs, according to organisers. The Jerash, Ajloun, Madaba, Balqa and Mafraq governorates ... Read More »

Cost of Turkey agricultural imports rises more than 4 times under AK Party rule

ANKARA: The yearly cost of Turkey’s agricultural imports have risen more than four times since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002, suggesting that the country’s strong performance with regards to self-sufficiency in agricultural production is about to wane. While the amount of money that the government paid for imported agricultural goods was $1.69 billion ... Read More »

Jordan’s new agriculture law for 2015 issues in the official gazette

AMMAN: The Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported Sunday that the Jordanian’s new agriculture law for 2015 issues in the official gazette. The new law will go into effect May 16, replacing the temporary 2002 law. The 2015 law is an amended version of the temporary legislation, with the changes approved by Parliament and ratified by Royal Decree, Petra reported, quoting ... Read More »

21% of GDP, 43% of employment, 45% of exports: Govt urged to give agri sector relief

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Muzammil Hussain Sabri has urged the government to announce a relief package for the agriculture sector with the objective of reducing the input cost and improving productivity. The ICCI president, in a statement, said that the agriculture sector accounted for 21% of the country’s gross domestic product, 43% of employment and ... Read More »

Pakistani investors invited to tap investment potential of Namibia

ISLAMABAD: Namibia is the second top tourists’ attraction in the world after Singapore and Pakistan can get access to 14 Southern Africa countries by promoting trade and economic relations with the country. It is right for Pakistani investors to explore Namibian market to finding out business opportunities which is being tapping by the Chinese investors. Namibian Ambassador in Pakistan Ringo ... Read More »

Agri products 24pc of Danish exports: Pak, Denmark have wide scope for co-op: Sorensen

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Denmark have a wide scope for cooperation in different fields, especially in agriculture and Pakistan can get benefits of agriculture and farming experiences of Denmark which has made the latter one of the most prosperous countries of the worlds. Denmark Ambassador in Pakistan Jesper Moller Sorensen stated this while addressing International Food Conference here. He pointed out ... Read More »

Agriculture professionals urged to invest their potential in innovative business

FAISALABAD: Pro-chancellor Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Syed Babar Ali has said that agriculture a huge potential to absorb thousands of young professionals in the emerging businesses starting right from farmgate to the dining table of consumers. Syed Babar Ali, Pro-chancellor Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was speaking at a special session on agribusiness opportunities in Pakistan and ... Read More »

Crop forecasting system launched at Suparco, Agri universities

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that modern crop forecasting system has been installed at Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) to increase accuracy and decrease costs of data collection and crop yields each year. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN and the US Department of Agriculture has helped ... Read More »

Investment-to-GDP ratio to be raised to 20%: Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has emphatically stated that no obstacles will be tolerated in the way of investment in the country. Addressing the international investment conference in Islamabad, he said the economy has again been put on the track after the setbacks caused by the sit-ins. He said the government will meet its medium and long term development plans ... Read More »

Nawaz welcomes 350 delegates on int’l trade moot

ISLAMABAD: With participation of 350 delegates, an international moot titled “Invest Pakistan: priority sectors and legal framework for investment in the country” will start here today. The event will highlight Pakistan’s investment regime and opportunities for investors in different economic fields. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will inaugurate the two-day conference. The Board of Investment is organising the moot to show Pakistan’s ... Read More »

Hydro, 100MW solar projects to curb energy crisis: Shahbaz

LAHORE: High-level French and Norwegian delegations called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed matters of mutual interest. Norwegian Ambassador in Pakistan Leif H Larsen discussed matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and cooperation in various sectors with the CM and offered him to provide modern training to Punjab police. Meanwhile, a high level delegation of prominent ... Read More »

PSDP 2014-15: Govt provides Rs 170.26m for agri uplift, food safety

ISLAMABAD: The government has provided Rs 170.259 million under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2014-15 for various ongoing and new developmental projects of Ministry of National Food Security and Research Division related to agricultural research, livestock development and food security. The government had allocated Rs 1071.300 million in its Federal PSDP 2014-15 for 18 developmental projects of agriculture and livestock ... Read More »

ADB lauds Pakistan’s economy; GDP up 4.1%, agri growth slips to 2.1%

ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has lauded the Pakistan government’s policies due to which economic conditions have been improved, budget deficit shrank and foreign exchange reserves strengthened, but it also exposed weak figures of economy. According to the Asian Development Outlook Update 2014, Pakistan needs several years of concerted national commitment to make effective structural reforms for achieving high ... Read More »

SBP gives plan to extend credit to farmers

KARACHI: For the extension of credit to poor and marginalised farmers, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has given guidelines on the ‘Value Chain Contract Farmer Financing’ for banks. As per details, the banks are told, by the SBP, to establish a mutual relationship among banks, farmers and value chain agent. Under the ‘scheme’, the farmers would be facilitated to ... Read More »

Issue of fertilizer subsidy

According to newspaper reports, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research is dilly-dallying the issue of subsidy on fertilizers, leaving little room for the farmers to enthusiastically participate in the next season crops. The use of fertilizers is the basic element in the modern farming and the growers deserve every facility from the government, but the present situation will ... Read More »

Agri experts ordered to guide farmers of flooded areas

MULTAN: Provincial parliamentary secretary for agriculture Rana Ejaz Ahmed Noon directed agriculture experts to guide farmers to minimise losses of crops and orchards after floods. He said that their guidance could help farmers at the critical situation. He also directed them to complete surveys of damaged corps and orchards for compensation. He said the government would not leave farmers alone ... Read More »

GST cut will stimulate tractor sale, stabilize industry

MULTAN: Government decided to reduce the general sale tax (GST) on tractors to 10% from already 17%, for FY 2014-2015 to enhance the tractor industry, directly linked to agricultural progress. As per details, the federal government has initially decided to cut general sale tax on the manufacturing of tractor to enhance the agricultural growth and to improve tractor industry. Previously, ... Read More »