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Falling export of textile products

THE textile industry has been hit by falling export trend. Most of the exporters seem to be nervous which has raised alarm bells for the country’s economic managers. Pakistan is facing tough competition from China, India and Bangladesh. Exports of textile products were down by 7.10 per cent to $1.625 …

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Who cares for the small farmer

Poverty alleviation is a hot current subject attracting attention at all levels – national and international. There is no dearth of official pronouncements in this regard. Recently, President General Musharraf announced a package for farmers and this was reflected in the Federal Budget for 2004-5. A close examination of the …

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Changing priorities in farm sector

ACCORDING to the State Bank’s Annual Report, agriculture sector showed dismal performance in the last fiscal. The share of this sector in the total GDP growth has been further marginalised. This happened despite the provision of subsidies and better credit supplies. Some quarters have rightfully voiced their concerns regarding further …

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Poverty-related projects face closure

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) total loan commitment to Pakistan since commencement of its operations in 1968 and up to December 31, 2006, comprised 239 public sector loans amounting to $16.3 billion. The sectoral composition of this assistance was: 21.5 for energy sector, 20.9 for the agriculture/natural resources, 13.2 per …

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Subsidy to benefit rich farmers

The subsidy for the agriculture sector announced by the government in the budget for the current fiscal year aims at increasing farm output but does not attack rural poverty. Though most view the subsidy on farm inputs as an official effort to please the powerful feudal lobby in an election …

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Issues in agricultural pricing

AGRICULTURAL pricing is a subject of lively debate. It has evoked divergent views, ranging from a forceful advocacy of support prices for key agricultural commodities and subsidies for major inputs to complete liberalisation of prices and reliance upon the market mechanism to achieve efficiency and competitiveness. Successful integration with the …

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Will Safta get launched January 1?

WILL Safta get launched January 1? Will it become operational as stipulated? It’s a big question mark, even after years of preparations and rhetoric to get going and expand regional trade through South Asia Free Trade Agreement (Safta). When the seven member nations of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation—Bangladesh, …

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