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Failure to increase oilseed output

Although, Pakistan 80 per cent cultivatable area is irrigated but the edible oil needs are met through imports. The import bill rising from Rs77 million in 1969-70 to Rs39 billion in 2002-03 has overburdened the exchequer. In 1970-71, oilseeds occupied nearly 3 per cent of the total cultivated area which …

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Seeds as intellectual property: issues and controversy

The information age is set to revolutionise “the core human idea of property” (Pollack 1999). It all began with software. As software license agreements boldly proclaim, software products are merely licensed, not sold. Software licensing ideas are becoming increasingly popular with other objects as well. Even seeds are now sold …

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Seed corporation’s sale on donors’ agenda

After the provincial food departments, the Punjab Seed Corporation is the next target of the world donor agencies insisting on the introduction of open market forces in the agriculture sector of the country, it is learnt. Various multinational companies operating in the seed business are exerting their pressure on the …

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Enhancing edible oil production

The population of Pakistan has increased from 32.5 million in 1947 to 149.5 million currently. The consumption of edible oil has also been increased proportionally from 0.3 million tons to 1.95 million tons during the last two decades. The population is increasing at a rapid rate but the production is …

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Debate on imported Bt cotton seed

  MULTAN: The farming community of southern Punjab gave a mixed reaction to a Punjab government’s decision to drop a proposal of introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton in collaboration with Monsanto. Former Speaker and a progressive farmer Syed Fakhar Imam said that the Punjab government should bring this …

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Ageing wheat seeds

Every year, the federal government fixes a target for wheat production, identifies acreage for cultivation and then sets about creating favourable conditions for attaining the target. Whether they succeed or fail is often beyond the managers and they are not always to be bamed if the crop is short, particularly …

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Cottonseed crisis feared during Kharif

SEED is the most important of all agricultural inputs affecting the efficiency of other factors in farming. Accordingly, the importance of genetically pure and certified seed cannot be underestimated. Keeping this fact in view the provincial government established the Sindh Seed Corporation (SSC) in July 1976. Due to inefficiency and …

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Disease Management in Organic Seed Production

Diseases can have a significant effect on production of specialty seed crops. Seed growers must pay attention to diseases that affect the vegetative growth stage of the crop, as well as those that affect the reproductive growth stages (flowering and seed formation). Some diseases, such as Verticillium wilt of spinach, …

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