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Sorghum: a valuable forage crop

By: Muhammad Amjad Ali Livestock is an important component of Pakistan’s population since 30-35 million rural people are involved in livestock raising. Livestock production is an integral and indispensable part of farming system in Pakistan and production of feed and fodder for the livestock is of utmost importance for the …

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Rapid Climate Change Threatens Asia’s Rice Bowl

As Asia’s monsoon season begins, leading climate specialists and agricultural scientists warned that rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia’s rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region. “Climate change endangers crop and livestock yields and the …

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Wheat Stem Insect Pests and Management Practices

IntroductionThree insects, the wheat stem sawfly, wheat stem maggot, and the Hessian fly, are important pests of wheat in North Dakota. The wheat stem sawfly is native to the hollow stemmed grasses of western North America. The sawfly readily adapted to wheat, especially spring wheat, when it replaced most of …

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Groundnut; a crop for subsistence in edible oil production in Pakistan

Rizwan Ali Sheirdil1, Ahmad Mahmood2*, Rizwan Ullah Khan1, Rabia Khalid1, Ummay Amara1  1 Department of Soil Science & SWC, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi  2 Department of Agronomy, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi *Corresponding Author: ahmadmahmood91@gmail.com Introduction: There is a major gap in utilization and production of edible oil in Pakistan so …

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Sugar industry: problems & prospects

Contributing significantly in the rural areas of the country Ashraf W. Tabani, Chairman, Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA) has expressed the hope that the government would realize and resolve the problems faced by the sugar industry in the larger interest of the economy and enabling it use its full potentials …

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Wheat – An important edible crop of Pakistan

Wheat crop demands an urgent need to accelerate its production in Pakistan Wheat is the most important grain and a staple food for more than one third of the world population. It is sown on 220 million hectares around the world with 564.6 million tons production, an average of 2500 …

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RICE

Q 1: What are the varieties for dry or aerobic rice cultivation? Ans: There is no specific rice variety for the aerobic rice planting. The rice varieties being used by the farmers can also be used in dry rice planting. Aerobic or dry rice culture is a new method in which …

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IRRI using biotech for developing rice varieties

LAHORE International Rice Research Institute (IRRI-Philippines) is making headways in effective use of biotechnology for developing rice varieties that are nutrient-rich, resistant to drought, salt, flood and diseases. This was highlighted during various meetings and presentations made by the scientists as part of the ‘6th Pan-Asia Farmers Exchange Programme’, arranged …

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Cotton in Pakistan

The export quantum depends on cotton production, domestic consumption and exportable surplus during the year. In this year, Government should ban purchase cotton by CEC and cotton exporters totally because the production will only meet the requirements of the textile spinning Industry. CEC should play its role in stabilising cotton …

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